Demetrious Johnson shocks Adriano Moraes with flying knee KO to win flyweight belt. Check out highlights and full fight in this article.
Demetrious Johnson : Moraes | Full Fight | Highlights
Demetrious Johnson (born August 13, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist. He currently competes in ONE Championship, where he is the current ONE Flyweight Champion (135 lb).
August 13, 1986
Madisonville, Kentucky, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Weight||125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)|
He is the inaugural and former UFC Flyweight Champion.
Known for his quick striking and elusive movement, Johnson has also landed the most takedowns in UFC flyweight history and co-holds the record for the latest finish in UFC history with a submission win at 4:59 of the fifth round against Kyoji Horiguchi.
Demetrious Johnson Moraes
Going into the championship rounds, Moraes focused on clinching with Johnson and pressing him against the cage to halt the momentum. Breaking away from the clinch, Johnson chased Moraes down to the other side of the fence.
In hot pursuit, Johnson ate a flying knee from Moraes that connected with his chest, momentarily knocking him to the canvas.
Undeterred, ‘Mighty Mouse’ continued his pursuit, landing a massive right that rocked Moraes back.
The former UFC champion quickly moved in, delivering an absolutely brutal flying knee to his adversary’s face, knocking Moraes out and forcing the ref to stop the bout at 3:50 of the fourth round.
Demetrious Johnson Full Fight
Adriano Moraes came out in the first round, immediately landing a shot on Johnson. Moraes looked significantly bigger than Demetrious Johnson and opened things up by pushing the pace. ‘Mighty Mouse’ responded with a little taunting, putting his hands behind his back.
Moments later, ‘Mikinho’ caught a leg kick from Johnson and used it to take down ‘Mighty Mouse’ near the halfway point. Johnson displayed significant improvement in his ground game, keeping an active guard and preventing ‘Mikinho’ from doing any significant damage in the first.
Moraes came out for the second round with a gash above his right eye. Johnson threw a leg kick and immediately ate a straight right for his trouble. Moraes the clipped ‘Mighty Mouse’ with a head kick that wobbled the challenger.
Desperately shooting for a takedown, Johnson ended up belly-down and began eating knees from Moraes until he made his way back up. The Brazilian then took the American down to the canvas once again, keeping him there for the duration of the second.
In the third, Demetrious Johnson began to push the action, landing a stiff body kick early on. The length of Moraes continued to be a problem for ‘Mighty Mouse’, but Johnson was clearly the fresher fighter at the midway point.
Finding his rhythm, Johnson popped Moraes with a stiff right jab. The biggest story of the third round was the tide beginning to turn in favor of Demetrious Johnson.
considered to be the greatest flyweight to ever compete, Johnson (31-4-1) came out aggressive in his rematch against Moraes (20-4), pushing the pace in an effort to counteract his obvious size disadvantage against the 5-foot-8 Brazilian.
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He sliced open a wide cut above the former champion’s left eye with an elbow from bottom position midway through the first round, and despite spending much of the opening 10 minutes stuck underneath Moraes, “Mighty Mouse” continued to stay aggressive, seizing momentum in Round 3 with fast footwork and a steady diet of digging hooks which drained Moraes’ gas tank.
Once the fourth round hit, the finishing sequence was a thing of beauty. The 36-year-old legend blasted Moraes backward with a piston-fast counter right hand, then ended his night for good with a picture-perfect knee to the head as Moraes bounced off the fence.