01 Jan Demetrious Johnson set to challenge ONE champ Adriano Moraes in February
The ONE Championship flyweight belt will finally be on the line for former UFC king Demetrious Johnson on Feb. 24, when he battles reigning champion Adriano Moraes in Singapore, the company announced Friday.
Johnson (30-3-1) and Moraes (18-3) were first expected to battle in April, but the card was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Mighty Mouse” parted ways with the UFC to join ONE in 2019, and won the division’s tournament with wins over Yuya Wakamatsu, Tatsumitsu Wada and Danny Kingad. Johnson’s legendary career includes victories over the likes of Henry Cejudo, Kyoji Horiguchi, Joseph Benavidez, Miguel Torres and Norifumi Yamamoto.
“Mikinho” Moraes has been at the top of the ONE’s flyweight class since 2014, regaining the belt twice after losing close split decisions to Kairat Akhmetov and Geje Eustaquio, avenging both losses with unanimous verdicts. Moraes hasn’t entered the cage since January 2019, when he improved to 2-1 in his trilogy with Eustaquio.