Demetrious Johnson is only weeks away from the biggest revenge of his storied mixed martial arts career. The flyweight legend returns to the circle to take on undisputed ONE World Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes in the main event of ONE 161 on arguably the biggest stage in the promotion’s history.
ONE 161 will air live in primetime in the United States as ONE Championship begins its multi-year partnership with Amazon Prime Video.
In preparation for the highly anticipated world title showdown, Demetrious Johnson spent time working with fellow UFC legend in Henry Cejudo. In a highlight reel posted to Cejudo’s Instagram, ‘Mighty Mouse’ can be seen working with the former Olympian ahead of his big match in August. After “The Messenger” handed Johnson workout gear, he said:
“From one GOAT to another GOAT.”
Johnson has had a spectacular run with ONE Championship since his promotional debut in 2019. Coming into the promotion’s ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix, “Mighty Mouse” devastated the competition, picking up three impressive victories en route to a world title opportunity against Morae. to ONE on TNT 1 in April 2021.
Coming in as a perceived underdog, “Mikinho” shocked the MMA world when he landed a crushing knee to Johnson’s chin, knocking him out in the second round to retain his ONE gold. It was the first time ‘Mighty Mouse’ was knocked out of his career.
Demetrious Johnson is in for a ‘Champion vs. Champ’ fight against ‘Hands of Stone’
Demetrious Johnson was never a fighter to look past his competition, knowing anything can happen in the circle. Should he emerge from the Singapore Indoor Stadium with ONE Championship around his waist on August 26, it’s possible that ‘Mighty Mouse’ is looking to join the very limited group of fighters who have become two-division world champions.
In an interview with mma fight, Demetrious Johnson has spoken about the prospect of facing world bantamweight champion John Lineker if they both come away with gold in their scheduled bouts. He said in the interview:
“Yeah, absolutely. At the end of the day, this division is stacked. You have Bibiano Fernandes; you have Fabricio Andrade – this guy is, I think, he’s next in line for that belt. So if I’m able to become world champion and beat Adriano Moraes and then they want to have a great fight – champion against champion, I have no problem trying to, you know, entertain that fight.
‘Mighty Mouse’ is set for a champion vs. champion fight if all the stars line up in the coming weeks, but acknowledges that the bantamweight division is also home to many elite fighters waiting for their chance.
“I respect the sport so much that there are guys in this division who are just killers waiting for their opportunity to get it.”