Adriano Moraes is 'hellbent' on finishing American's all-time great fighter Demetrious Johnson, One Championship boss says
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"People are sleeping on Adriano Moraes," One Championship boss Chatri Sityodtong told Insider. "He's going to look huge next to Demetrious Johnson."
Summary List PlacementAdriano Moraes is "hellbent on finishing" the all-time great American fighter Demetrious Johnson.
That's according to One Championship boss Chatri Sityodtong, who booked the 135-pound flyweight championship bout between his titleholder Moraes and his Grand Prix winner Johnson, for Wednesday, April 7.
The high-stakes match headlines One Championship's debut on the TNT network in the US, which Sityodtong hopes will usher in a new era of increased visibility for the Singapore-based MMA firm.
Johnson, a former UFC 125-pound flyweight champion, has fought three times since leaving the Las Vegas-headquartered combat sports promotion, earning a guillotine choke submission and two decision wins in One.
His midweek fight against Moraes is arguably his toughest One challenge yet. The Brazilian grappler has beaten every opponent he has faced since a split decision loss on his One debut in 2013.
"I had dinner with D.J. in Singapore, and he said since joining One Championship he has had the toughest fights of his career, just because the level of competition here is so high and he was blown away by how difficult his fights were," Sityodtong told Insider on Monday.
Johnson finished Yuya Wakamatsu in the second round of the flyweight Grand Prix quarterfinal in March 2019, labored to a win over Tatsumitsu Wada in the semifinal, and comfortably beat Danny Kingad in the final that same year.
"He was in danger in a couple of his fights which he never experienced in his prior organization [the UFC]," Sityodtong said.
"It's a very big moment [on…
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