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Midnight Mania highlights! Demetrious Johnson earns revenge via flying knee knockout over Adriano Moraes in One Championship US debut

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Earlier tonight (Fri. Aug. 27, 2022), One Championship completed their One on Prime 1 event from Kallang, Singapore. It was the first event from One to air on Amazon Prime, meaning the promotion was sure to pull out all the stops in putting on a great night of action. Even after a disastrous weigh-in day, the fighters delivered, putting on an incredible night of action featuring many finishes.

In the main event, former UFC kingpin Demetrious Johnson attempted to avenge his loss to current strap-hanger Adriano Moraes. The fight began with pressure from “Mighty Mouse” as the duo traded kicks. Johnson began to open up a bit more and showboat a bit, but Moraes turned it around by catching a kick and scoring top position. Johnson found himself stuck on bottom for a majority of the round, though he did land some decent elbows from his back.

Moraes continued his strong start into the second, stunning Johnson with a high kick. He flurried forward, prompting Johnson to wrestle. “Mighty Mouse” came close to finishing a shot, but instead, the Brazilian sprawled out and landed some heavy knees — reminiscent of the shot that finished Johnson in the first fight! Johnson worked up quickly but was taken right back down. Once again, Johnson was stuck on bottom for the rest of the round.

Johnson was down entering the third, but he started finding his timing, connecting on heavy body kicks and big swings. The momentum really began to shift, as Johnson kept pressuring and landing his left, both in the form of big hooks and slicing elbows. Perhaps the pace was starting to affect Moraes, who threw far less than his challenger in the third.

Moraes tried to return to the takedowns in the fourth, but Johnson kept his footing. At first, Johnson was controlling the pace and landing well. Then, Moraes turned it up and landed some major connections of his own. Out of nowhere, Johnson feinted with a knee and instead cracked Moraes with a right hand! The Brazilian was hurt, and when he fell, Johnson crushed him with a jump knee to seal the deal.

Expect a trilogy title match between the two at some point in the future.

Check out the final moments below:


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Random Land

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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

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