Demetrious Johnson knocked out by Adriano Moraes in One Championship title bout

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Demetrious Johnson suffered the first knockout loss of his MMA career, finished by a knee strike from Adriano Moraes on Wednesday night in a One Championship event.
Demetrious Johnson, one of the most dominant champions in mixed martial arts history, suffered a crushing defeat to Adriano Moraes on Wednesday during a landmark night for Asian-based promotion One Championship.

The One Championship event took place in Singapore and was aired live in the U.S. on TNT, marking the company's first live telecast on U.S. television.

Johnson (30-3-1), widely considered to be one of the greatest fighters of all time, was an obvious candidate to headline. As a UFC flyweight champion, he set the record for consecutive title defenses, defending the belt 11 times from 2013 to 2018.

But it was Moraes (19-3) who made the most of the opportunity, knocking Johnson out with a wicked knee strike at 2 minutes, 24 seconds of the second round to retain his flyweight title. The knee would have been illegal under MMA rules in the U.S., as Johnson was in a grounded position when he was hit, but those strikes are allowed under the One Championship banner in Asia.

"I have to go back home and look at the fight, see when I made mistakes," said Johnson, 34, who had never been knocked out before Wednesday. "Adriano is very long, big. It was hard trying to get to him. This is part of the game. You stay in this game long enough, this is bound to…
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