Adriano Moraes Knocks Out -700 Favorite Demetrious Johnson at ONE on TNT 1

Moraes Vs Johnson One Championship

  • Adriano Moraes defeated Demetrious Johnson at ONE on TNT 1 on Wednesday night.
  • Johnson entered the fight as a massive -700 betting favorite to beat Moraes who came back at +450 at the BetOnline App.
  • The loss marked the first time in his career where Mighty Mouse was stopped.

Adriano Moraes shocked the world on Wednesday night when he knocked out former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson at ONE on TNT 1 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

The reigning ONE flyweight champion showed confidence throughout the fight and fought aggressively despite facing a legend. In the second round, Moraes hurt Johnson with an uppercut and with DJ hurt, he landed a knee strike that would’ve been illegal in the UFC.

But this is ONE Championship and that strike is legal here.

Winning the ONE Grand Prix

Mighty Mouse was a heavy betting favorite to beat Moraes and win the ONE flyweight title at ONE on TNT 1. The BetOnline App had Johnson as a -700 odds on favorite to win the belt with the champion Moraes listed as a +450 underdog in the betting lines on fight week and that wasn’t a surprise at all.

Johnson is considered the greatest flyweight of all-time. He was the inaugural UFC flyweight champion who made 11 consecutive title defenses before losing to Henry Cejudo at UFC 227. In 2018, he was “traded” by the UFC to ONE Championship for Ben Askren.

Since arriving in Asia, Mighty Mouse had been on a tear. He entered the ONE Championship Flyweight Grand Prix and dominated the tournament, defeating former ONE flyweight title challenger Danny Kingad in the finals. That victory earned DJ a crack at the title.

Mighty Mouse Supported Rule Change

In the aftermath of the Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling controversy, Mighty Mouse weighed in on the “knee to a grounded opponent” issue during an appearance at MMAFighting’s “What the Heck podcast and interestingly, the former UFC flyweight champion said that he thinks it’s a high time to amend the rules on striking a downed opponent.

Mighty Mouse recounted a 2013 fight against John Dodson where he was warned by referee John McCarthy for striking Dodson when the latter was “down”. According to DJ, Big John only ruled Dodson as downed because his fingers were touching the ground. But literally, Dodson wasn’t down and could’ve defended himself if he chose to. Johnson then concluded that a rule change would be beneficial to the sport and it will prevent fighters from taking advantage of the loophole created by the rule.

Fortunately for DJ, he didn’t have to complain about the rule here because ONE Championship allows such strikes to a grounded foe. But at ONE on TNT 1 on Wednesday however, Johnson found himself on the wrong end of that controversial rule when Adriano Moraes’ knee to a downed Mighty Mouse led to the stoppage that gave Johnson his first defeat at ONE Championship and the first ever stoppage loss of his career. How ironic indeed!

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.