• Demetrious Johnson could be the “biggest” MMA fighter ever however he’s about to embark on the combat of his life, One Championship boss Chatri Sityodtong informed Insider.
  • Johnson, statistically essentially the most dominant champion the UFC has ever seen, left the Las Vegas-based combat agency to hitch Singapore’s One Championship MMA league.
  • The American gained his first three fights, claimed the One Championship flyweight Grand Prix, and is now set to problem Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt Adriano Moraes for the flyweight title.
  • “It is a 50-50 combat, nice combat for the followers, however not a simple one for DJ,” Sityodtong stated. “And for Adriano … he is combating a legend.”
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Demetrious Johnson is the best fighter within the historical past of blended martial arts however that doesn’t imply he has it straightforward in his subsequent combat, a flyweight bout in opposition to One Championship title holder Adriano Moraes.

That’s in keeping with Chatri Sityodtong, the founder and CEO of Singapore-based MMA agency One, who informed Insider earlier this month that the previous UFC athlete Johnson epitomizes One’s tradition as he’s a rare blended martial artist and “a beautiful human being.”

Sityodtong signed Johnson in a landmark commerce cope with the UFC in 2018, which noticed the welterweight wrestler Ben Askren be part of the Las Vegas-based enterprise.

Johnson left the UFC on a loss, having been defeated by Henry Cejudo after a 13-fight profitable run which included 11 consecutive title defenses — a UFC file.

Since competing in One, Johnson gained three in a row, together with a debut guillotine choke submission, and claimed the One Championship flyweight grand-prix, final 12 months.

It units him up for a shot at Moraes’ flyweight title — “a tricky combat” for Johnson, Sityodtong informed us, no matter his pedigree on the high of the game.

Sityodtong referred to as Johnson “the best, pound-for-pound blended martial artist in historical past” — a press release ESPN could dispute after not too long ago naming Georges St-Pierre because the world’s greatest, however one The Athletic could not argue because it stated Johnson is most dominant champion in UFC historical past.

“It is a statistical truth,” it stated in 2019.

Sityodtong stated Johnson’s greatness is not only evident throughout fight. “He is somebody that grandmothers and grandchildren can look as much as as a job mannequin. He is an unimaginable father, unimaginable husband, clearly unimaginable athlete. I like the man.”

It is a 50-50 combat between a ‘Jon Jones’-esque physique sort and an MMA ‘legend’

Demetrious Johnson and Chatri Sityodtong

Johnson and One Championship boss Chatri Sityodtong.


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One in all Insider’s dream fight sports activities matches we had been anticipating this 12 months was a seemingly inevitable combat between Johnson and Moraes, which the coronavirus pandemic has, up to now, quashed.

However the way in which Sityodtong talks, it is just a matter of time earlier than we see Moraes put his 18-Three file and his One belt on the road in opposition to Johnson.

“It should be a tricky combat,” Sityodtong stated, telling Insider that Johnson’s fights within the One Grand Prix proved difficult for the American.

“Adriano is 18-Three and he is a beast. He is a black belt on the bottom however he is lengthy, lanky, and tall. He is acquired that Jon Jones physique sort for his weight class, and so he is tough to cope with.

“It is a 50-50 combat, an amazing combat for the followers, however not a simple one for DJ. And for Adriano … he is combating a legend.”

As for when this match could be made, that is still unclear.

One was not too long ago pressured to clear its total fight calendar via Could, and so Sityodtong stated his crew has been “scrambling behind the scenes to reconstruct playing cards as a result of the [coronavirus-enforced] journey bans has precipitated so many fights to disintegrate “

Sitodtong stated: “My intention is to placed on all these fights, however let’s examine what Mom Nature says.”

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