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Demetrious Johnson-Adriano Moraes Trilogy to Headline One’s U.S. Debut in Colorado



A flyweight (135-pound) championship trilogy bout pitting Demetrious Johnson against Adriano Moraes will serve as the headliner for One Championship’s United States debut.

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The Singapore-based promotion announced on Monday that Johnson vs. Moraes 3 will take place on May 5 at 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo., as the featured bout on the One on Prime Video 10 card. The card will air in primetime on Prime Video in the United States.

“This is a monumental day in the history of One Championship as we announce our U.S. on-ground debut in Colorado on Friday, May 5,” One CEO Chatri Sityodtong said in a release. “We are very grateful for the support of the state athletic commission and look forward to putting on an unforgettable show for our passionate fanbase in the U.S. and watching around the world.”

Johnson and Moraes initially squared off at One on TNT 1 in April 2021, when Moraes became the first person to finish “Mighty Mouse” with a second-round KO victory. Johnson bounced back to capture the promotion’s flyweight crown in the rematch, as he returned the favor with a flying knee knockout of Moraes in the One on Prime Video 1 main event this past August.

A former UFC flyweight champion, Johnson has long been regarded as one of the top pound-for-pound talents in all of MMA. The 36-year-old AMC Pankration stalwart owns a 31-4-1 career mark that includes notable triumphs against the likes of Henry Cejudo, John Dodson, Kyoji Horiguchi, Joseph Benavidez, Ian McCall and Miguel Torres, among others.

Moraes, meanwhile, has been part of the One roster since 2013, compiling an 11-3 record within the promotion. The 33-year-old known as “Black Diamond” has enjoyed three separate title reigns with One and is 20-4 as a professional overall.

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