Demetrious Johnson is widely considered the greatest flyweight in combat sports history. Following his departure from the UFC, “Mighty Mouse” has now found himself atop the ONE Championship.
The former UFC Flyweight Champion was traded to the Singaporean fighting promotion in 2018 for Ben Askren. Johnson would win his first three fights to become the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion. Then he got a shot at ONE Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes but fell short via a second-round KO by knee.
“Mighty Mouse” got his revenge on Friday in a rematch for the ONE Flyweight World Title and did it in a familiar fashion. In the 4th round, he made Moraes falter with a punch before landing a vicious flying knee to put his opponent out cold.
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) August 27, 2022
It’s the type of knockout you can just watch on repeat endlessly. Plus, it’s even better knowing Johnson was on the receiving end of a similar move less than two years ago.
“Mighty Mouse” claimed his first ONE Flyweight World Title with the knockout, moving his record within the promotion to 4-1. It seems Johnson keeps getting better with age and the 36-year-old’s move left fans absolutely stunned.
HOLY FUCK. DJ
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) August 27, 2022
Holy shit DJ brings the violence! That was NASTY! Mighty Mouse gets his revenge. #ONEonPrimeVideo1
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) August 27, 2022
Current UFC flyweights should be glad DJ is gone. Man was so dominant they were gonna rid of the division😂. 100% Top 3 MMA GOAT #ONEonPrimeVideo1
— 𝐉𝐚𝐲🤼 (@JayMMA4) August 27, 2022
Even former UFC Flyweight and Bantamweight Champion Henry Cejudo, who beat Johnson via split decision in 2018, was impressed by the crazy knockout. He was so excited that he actually woke up his baby on accident.
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) August 27, 2022
Demetrious Johnson holds the UFC record for most consecutive title defenses with 11, so he’ll look to bring that same success to the ONE Championship. But first, he’ll have to defeat Moraes again in a trilogy fight to settle the 1-1 score.
Legendary move from Nate Diaz! 😂https://t.co/sTapvuEfDg
— Highly Clutch (@HighlyClutch) August 27, 2022
Given how the first two bouts have gone, is it too much to ask for one more flying knee knockout?