Demetrious Johnson to Challenge for One Championship Flyweight Belt on Feb. 24

By Tristen Critchfield Dec 5, 2020

Demetrious Johnson will get his chance to capture a title belt in another major promotion when he faces reigning champ Adriano Moraes in a flyweight title clash at a One Championship event on Feb. 24.

The Singapore-based promotion recently announced the announced the pairing in a release. Johnson and Moraes were initially scheduled to square off on April 10 before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the bout. A location and venue for the event were not confirmed.

After besting Yuya Wakamatsu in his promotional debut, “Mighty Mouse” outpointed Tatsumitsu Wada and Danny Kingad to win the One Championship flyweight grand prix and secure a title shot. During his UFC tenure, Johnson was regarded as one of the sport’s top pound-for-pound talents thanks to a 14-bout unbeaten run from 2012 to 2017 and 11 consecutive title defenses. He was “traded” to One for Ben Askren following a split-decision loss to Henry Cejudo at UFC 227.

Moraes, meanwhile, reclaimed the bantamweight throne with a five-round unanimous verdict over Geje Eustaquio in January 2019 after losing the title in a split decision to Eustaquio in June 2018. Moraes is 9-3 under the One banner since making his debut with the promotion in 2013.

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