Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson looks to add ONE Flyweight Grand Prix crown to his collection
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 30, 2019 02:00 PM
"I’m very excited to face Danny Kingad. He’s only got one loss in his whole entire career, and that’s against Moraes, so he’s definitely legit." - Demetrious Johnson on Danny Kingad (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson has done a lot in what has been a hall of fame career in mixed martial arts – but he insists he is far from done.
A win here for the AMC Pankration star would put another feather in his cap, and it guarantees him a showdown with reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes.
“I believe this bout is very important – obviously this is the Flyweight World Grand Prix [Championship] Final,” Johnson said.
“At the end of this, there’s a sweet belt that I want to add to my collection and a shot at the ONE Flyweight World Champion, Adriano Moraes.”
In his first two matches in The Home Of Martial Arts, “Mighty Mouse” has certainly been tested.
He first saw action in the world's largest martial arts organization at ONE: A NEW ERA in March, where he defeated Yuya "Little Piranha" Wakamatsu by second-round submission – and it certainly was not an easy debut for him.
Five months later, he found himself inside the ring with Tatsumitsu "The Sweeper" Wada in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semifinals at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES in the Philippines.
Johnson won the match by unanimous decision, but Wada certainly held his own against the American.
Now he is set for his biggest test in ONE as he takes on “The King,” who is in the middle of a six-bout winning streak.
"I’m very excited to face Danny Kingad. He’s only got one loss in his whole entire career, and that’s against Moraes, so he’s definitely legit. Now I’m ready to go out there and see how I fare against one of the best in Asia," the twelve-time Flyweight World Champion said.
"The Team Lakay guys are very tough and very athletic, especially Danny, and he is a wushu champion. He has great scrambles, and he is able to get off his back when he shouldn’t be able to."
But the Madisonville, Kentucky native sees holes in Kingad's game – particularly when it comes to experience.
"I know a lot about Team Lakay. My teammate Bibiano Fernandes has been fighting that team since the day he jumped into ONE Championship. They have a great team up there, but I know they have some holes in their game," he said.
"I’ve been in this game a lot longer than [Kingad] has. I fought a lot of great people that are just grapplers, and also my competition has been the best of the best."
Johnson and Kingad’s much-awaited clash is set at ONE: CENTURY, the biggest World Championship martial arts event in history. No organization has ever promoted two full-scale World Championship events in one day.
But the Home Of Martial Arts breaks new ground as 28 World Champions compete in four World Title bouts, three World Grand Prix Championship Finals, and four World Champion versus World Champion matches at the famous Ryogoku Kokugikan on 13 October in Tokyo, Japan.
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