Demetrious Johnson focused on BJJ training in preparation for Adriano Moraes – Sports
Sheena Suparman (Jakarta Post)
Fri 22 July 2022
Demetrious Johnson is a wrestler. But the MMA icon is taking no chances ahead of his highly anticipated rematch with ONE World Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes at ONE Fight Night 1: Moraes vs. Johnson II on August 27.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt has been honing his ground game in preparation for the world title fight. And luckily for him, the training was a practical fit.
“I found a legit jiu-jitsu gym under a new teacher, Yan McCane – a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu for ten years. [He’s an] absolute monster. Very informed. Now I do a lot more jiu-jitsu because it’s eight minutes from my house and it’s a gold mine for me because it brings my development back to life,” Johnson said.
‘Mighty Mouse’ is widely considered the GOAT of mixed martial arts, but he was stopped in his tracks when he clashed with ‘Mikinho’ last April. The Brazilian superstar finished it with a knee to the head, handing the American veteran the first knockout of his illustrious career.
Johnson knows he has something to prove at ONE Fight Night 1 – the first US prime-time event under the promotional deal with Prime Video – but in the end, he focuses on achieving a performance worthy of his skills.
“Like I said, I’m working on my ground game, I’m working on my stand-up. I make sure when I enter the circle [Aug. 27] in Singapore, I’m the best version of myself,” he said.
“That’s what I’m always looking for. I’m always striving for perfection, and I just hope I go out there and perform and don’t make any mistakes.”
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Moraes’ reputation speaks for itself. The seven-time ONE Flyweight World Champion is coming off back-to-back wins, and he’ll be looking to go 2-0 against ‘Mighty Mouse’ to make his own claim as the greatest of all time.
But Johnson has been around too long to be intimidated by statistics and records. He knows what he has to work on and he feels he is doing enough to be ready for what lies ahead.
“The training is going well. I already feel in great shape. I will say the most important thing is that I joined a jiu-jitsu school. And now I train pure jiu-jitsu,” he said.
Tickets for August’s ONE Championship events can be purchased here.
In the meantime, watch ONE 159: De Ridder vs. Bigdash live on NETVERSE, Vidio.com, Kaskus TV or MAXstream starting on the main card at 5:30 PM Western Indonesia Time (WIB) on Friday, July 22.
The main card airs live on NETVERSE, Vidio.com, Kaskus TV, and MAXstream at 7:30 p.m. WIB.
Additionally, NET TV will broadcast a same-day delay at 10:30 p.m. WIB.
This article is published in collaboration with ONE Championship.