VIDEO: Demetrious Johnson Suffers First Career Knockout Loss as He Gets Knocked Out by a Brutal Knee at ONE Championship

Published 04/08/2021, 1:33 AM EDT


Former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson stumbled for the first time in ONE Championship against the champion Adriano Moraes. Moraes knocked out ‘Mighty Mouse’ for the first time in his illustrious 35-fight professional career. The end came in the second round at 02:25 after a flush knee robbed Johnson of his chance to win gold.

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Adriano Moraes looked crisp right from the get-go and made sure to watch out for Johnson’s early level changes. Chiefly, it was this awareness that brought around the finish as Moraes caught ‘DJ’ coming in with a shovel hook. The former UFC flyweight stumbled onto the canvas, and Moraes landed a legal knee on his dome that immediately took him out.

Adriano Moraes 🇧🇷 SHOCKS THE WORLD, becoming the first man to finish Demetrious Johnson! @adrianomkmoraes #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship #ONEonTNT pic.twitter.com/HhvlmwDwW6

— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) April 8, 2021

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The perfectly placed grounded knee brought a lot of discussions to the table as to its potency in the fight game. While the UFC recently had a controversial illegal knee situation pop up, ONE Championship allows grounded knees. The aforementioned technique will continue to be a point of discussion amongst fans, even if it is standardized across promotions.

Grounded knees are LEGAL in ONE! 🔥 @adrianomkmoraes #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship #ONEonTNT pic.twitter.com/Gy0qRgvZvy

— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) April 8, 2021

Demetrious Johnson breaks silence after being finished

‘Mighty Mouse’ was quick to take to social media after his defeat and made a brief comment to concerned fans. Despite the loss being fresh, Johnson clarified that he was already looking at certain mistakes that cost him the win. Moreover, he put Moraes on notice that they will eventually rematch down the line.

all good everyone back in the hotel. watch the fight. shitty day in the office. congratz to @adrianomkmoraes we will be back.

— Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouse) April 8, 2021

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Looking at Demetrious Johnson’s body of work, it’s hard to deny that he’s deserving of an immediate title rematch. His tenure with the UFC was nothing short of spectacular and his wins in the promotion stand the test of time. He reigned over the UFC flyweights for an extended period, and some see him as the best pound-for-pound fighter.

Johnson will undoubtedly make the necessary changes in a rematch setting against Adriano Moraes. He’s faced tough competition throughout his storied career and is no stranger to adversity in the fight game. Given the way the aforementioned bout played out, ONE Championship has a title rematch on the horizon that will have everyone talking.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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