Demetrious Johnson is 36 years old and nearing the end of an amazing MMA career. But his conditioning remains excellent, leading him to victory in a rubber match against Adriano Moraes in the main event of his US debut at ONE Championship on Friday.
Johnson used his knee to win the exchange in the clinch, slowly defeating Moraes. Referee Herb Dean always badgered his fighters to do the job and gave Moraes a stern warning to hold on to third.
But Johnson persevered throughout, scoring a workmanlike unanimous decision win to retain the ONE Flyweight Title at First Bank Center in Bloomfield, Colorado. rice field.
After asking the crowd if they wanted him to fight again, an enthusiastic yes, Johnson said: I will call you back. It’s a closed room discussion. ”
Moraes stopped Johnson with a knee in 2021 and Johnson regained it with a knee in 2022. Both fighters were in danger of ending on Friday, but Moraes gasped and had no answer in the clinch.
Johnson hit Moraes repeatedly on his body with his knee and caught him in the elbow as he tried to move away.
“I don’t think there is anyone in the world of mixed martial arts who plays the clinch game better than me.”
Moraes was impressed by Johnson’s ability to hold his knees which kept his heart pounding.
“His body is very strong [because] I was messing with that body, man. Johnson said. “I was beating the f*** out of it.”
Moraes didn’t even show any signs of trouble, but it was undoubtedly the result of Johnson’s attack on his abdomen that eventually drained his gas tank.
Johnson has revealed himself as one of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighters, but it remains unclear if he’ll do it again. I gave you a hint.
Asked if he would fight again, he said he yelled, “Show me the money!” after discussing it with his family.
If there is a financial deal, Johnson may not be able to pull through after all. If so, he let out a high note to remind everyone of his genius inside the cage and his all-around skill.