Miesha Tate Says ‘Adriano Feels a Little Disrespected’ Ahead of Demetrious Johnson Fight

Published 04/05/2021, 9:34 AM EDT


Demetrious Johnson and Adriano Moraes are all set to compete for the ONE flyweight championship. The fight is all set to air live on TNT on April 7; it is a highly anticipated event. As expected ‘ Mighty Mouse’ is being touted as the favorite going into the fight as many hail the former UFC champion as the greatest flyweight fighter of all time.

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Johnson is certainly the more popular fighter and is bound to get more attention from all parts of the media. And according to Miesha Tate, this is something that is not making Moraes happy. During an interview, ‘Cupcake’ talked about the same.

Adriano’s a black belt and not just a black belt, and he’s a great fighter. He’s been doing amazing things, and he’s a well-established champion of the division.”

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She said, “But he feels a bit disrespected by the media, to be honest, because he’s getting little to no love compared to Demetrious Johnson, who obviously is going to take the lion’s share being you know what I’d consider the (flyweight) GOAT.”

When people underestimate someone they become more dangerous and according to Tate, this is going to happen with Moraes.

“But I think Adriano Moraes, it’s not only his belt- it’s his legacy. It’s the fact that people are underestimating him. He wants to go in there and he wants to take that shine off of Demetrious Johnson.”

Demetrious Johnson vs Adriano Moraes: What would be the fighter’s mindset?

Whatever the pre-match analysis and build-up are, none of that will matter once the fighters step inside the ring. Johnson would look to win another championship and further establish his status as the GOAT. Whereas Moraes would look to prove to the world that he is the rightful champion.

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Hence, the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion also believes that the fight will be a great one, as both fighters want to make big statements.

“It’s going to be a good scrap. I know Adriano Moraes feels a little disrespected in all of this- not by Demetrious, but by the coverage, Demetrious gets vs. him. I think he’s going to come out looking to make a real statement.”

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It’s tough to understand how the support and focus on ‘Mighty Mouse’ is really affecting the champion, but one thing is for sure: when these two outstanding fighters get inside the ring, it is going to be epic.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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