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Midnight Mania highlights! Demetrious Johnson decisions Moraes, Rodtang scores six-figure elbow KO

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Earlier on Friday (May 5, 2023), One Championship made its US debut in Denver, Colorado for One Fight Night 10 on Amazon Prime. In the main event, Flyweight legend Demetrious Johnson looked to settle his rivalry with former Flyweight king Adriano Moraes, as the two entered this contest having both knocked out the other man once.

Early on, Johnson worked his low kicks at distance, shifting stances often. Moraes hunted for takedowns and looked to catch kicks, as well as landing some hard straight punches down the middle. Through ten minutes, the Brazilian seemed to be winning by a narrow margin.

Johnson’s pace is incredible, however, and he started turning the tide in the third. The smaller man began to bully his opponent, stalking Moraes into the clinch and working lots of knees and elbows. Moraes began to fatigue a bit, allowing “Mighty Mouse” to control larger and larger portions of the fight. As a result, he picked up the unanimous decision nod.

Check out some highlights:

In the co-main event, One’s Flyweight Muay Thai king Rodtang defended his crown opposite replacement foe Edgar Tabares. Mexico’s Tabares came out firing low kicks and showing the spinning elbow, landing some decent shots. Rodtang advanced and attacked the body through the first frame, but the Thai superstar came out in different form in the second round.

Immediately, Rodtang was more intense and more aggressive. He started firing big combinations to the head and body, and Tabares attempted the same spinning elbow counter. Rodtang was ready for it, blocking the shot and then slamming home a brutal elbow in response.

Tabares was gone, and Rodtang was awarded a $100,000 bonus for his tremendous knockout win. Watch it below:

For complete One Fight Night 10: “Johnson vs. Moraes 3” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

Insomnia

I don’t mind fighters taunting one another, but coaches talking trash from the sidelines is boring and lame.

Zhalgas Zhumagulov really committed to the bit only for his fight to get cancelled anyway. Bummer!

Man, it really sucks to see Greg Hardy fall from the limelight. Wait, no it doesn’t!

Getting into a street fight with Merab Dvalishvili is the worst idea imaginable. Those dozens of takedowns will hurt a lot more on concrete!

Brian Kelleher might have found a surgical answer to his mystery medical problem, so here’s wishing the best for “Boom.” That said, one has to assume there’s a better way for him to get info than tweeting at the UFC account?

An important booking at women’s Bantamweight:

Slips, rips, and KO clips

Fabio Reis placed this left hook on the chin perfectly.

Another highlight from this morning’s One Championship event:

Jeff Glover’s d’arce series is one of my all-time favorite jiu-jitsu instructionals.

Random Land

That boy ain’t right.

Midnight Music: Rock, 2006

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