Former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson makes his long-awaited return to mixed martial arts (MMA) action when he battles reigning division kingpin Adriano Moraes at the upcoming ONE Championship event tonight (Weds., April 7, 2021), live on TNT.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge against Moraes,” Johnson said at the pre-fight press conference. “He’s been a great champion. I know it’s going to be a tough fight, and I’m ready to display my skill set live on TNT. The threat level is high. Adriano is a great champion, great grappler, and long for the division. He has a reach advantage. For me, I have to get inside without taking any punishment, push the pace, and put the pressure on.”
In addition, former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, who also wore gold for Bellator MMA, will look to take one step closer to the promotion's 155-pound title — currently held by Christian Lee — when he goes to war with Moldovan bruiser Iuri Lapicus.
“I’m excited to be here,” Alvarez said. “This is everything I envisioned when I signed with ONE Championship — to bring this show to America, to show the American fans how great it is. It’s a dream come true. I’m more motivated than ever. I’m always in the gym, I’m always getting ready, and I’m always on edge. I’ve been reawakened during this whole COVID thing. You will see it.”
Watch all four combatants face off in the embedded video above, also featuring heavyweight wrestling sensation “Reug Reug.” And for more on the upcoming ONE shows on TNT click here.