It goes without saying that Adriano Moraes has his work cut out for him.
Moraes will defend his undisputed One Championship flyweight crown against the man most people view as the greatest 125-pound fighter of all-time when he faces former Ultimate Fighting Championship titleholder Demetrious Johnson in the One on TNT 1 headliner this Wednesday at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The reigning champion has recorded wins in five of his past six appearances. Moraes has not competed since he took a five-round unanimous decision from rival Geje Eustaquio at One Championship “Hero’s Ascent” more than two years ago. Johnson, meanwhile, enters the cage on the strength of a three-fight winning streak. The AMC Pankration ace last appeared under the One Championship banner in October 2019, when he was awarded a unanimous verdict over Danny Kingad in the final of the promotion’s flyweight grand prix.
As Moraes and Johnson make final preparations for their hotly anticipated showdown, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:
31: Years of age for Moraes, who was born on April 21, 1989 in Brasilia, Brazil—more than 10,000 miles from One Championship headquarters in Singapore.
9: Moraes victories by submission, accounting for 50% of his career total (18). His methods of choice: four rear-naked chokes, two guillotine chokes, two arm-triangle chokes and one brabo choke. Moraes has three other wins by knockout and six more by decision.
3: Losses on the Moraes ledger, all by split decision. Eustaqio, Kairat Akhmetov and Yusup Saadulaev were the culprits. Only the Saadulaev defeat remains unavenged.
7: Countries in which Moraes has competed as a mixed martial artist during his 21-fight career. He has gone 9-0 in Brazil, 2-2 in China, 2-1 in Malaysia, 2-0 in the Philippines, 1-0 in Indonesia, 1-0 in Cambodia and 1-0 in Myanmar.
1,561: Days spent by Moraes as the undisputed One Championship flyweight titleholder, covering three separate reigns atop the division.
34: Years of age for Johnson, who was born in Madisonville, Kentucky, on Aug. 13, 1986. Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach,” Peter Cetera’s “Glory of Love,” Belinda Carlisle’s “Mad About You,” Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” and Jermaine Stewart’s “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off” were the Top 5 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 list at the time.
12: Johnson wins by submission, accounting for 40% of his career total (30). His methods of choice: five armbars, three rear-naked chokes, two guillotine chokes, one keylock and one kimura. Johnson owns five other victories by knockout and 13 more by decision.
1,059: Significant strikes landed by Johnson as an Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight, placing him first on the promotion’s all-time list at 125 pounds. While “Mighty Mouse” has been off the UFC roster for nearly three years, his name remains plastered all over the company’s record book. He still ranks first among flyweights in wins (13), title fight wins (12), finishes (seven), submissions (five), fight night bonuses (nine), fight time (4:39:12), control time (1:26:54), top position time (1:05:52), significant strike accuracy (57.2%), striking differential (2.01), significant strike defense (68.4%), total strikes landed (1,678) and takedowns landed (58).
1: Sub-minute stoppage victory to Johnson’s credit. He knocked out Brandon Fieds just 17 seconds into his professional debut at an AX Fighting Championships event on April 28, 2007. It remains the fastest finish of his 34-fight career.
2: Double-digit winning streaks on the Johnson resume. He rattled off 10 consecutive victories between April 28, 2007 and Feb. 10, 2010, then pieced together a historic 13-fight tear between June 8, 2012 and Oct. 7, 2017.
.771: Cumulative winning percentage between the three men—Henry Cejudo, Dominick Cruz and Brad Pickett—who have defeated Johnson. Cejudo was the only one of the three to do so as a flyweight.
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