Adriano Moraes shocks Demetrious Johnson as a 425 underdog to retain his ONE flyweight title (1:11)

Demetrious Johnson, one of the most dominant champions in mixed martial arts history, suffered a crushing loss to Adriano Moraes on Wednesday in a historic evening for the Asian promotion One Championship

The One Championship event took place in Singapore and was broadcast live to the US on TNT, marking the company’s first live broadcast on US television

Johnson (30-3-1), widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all time, was an obvious candidate to make headlines As the UFC flyweight champion, he established the record consecutive title defenses, defending the belt 11 times from 2013 to 2018

But it was Moraes (19-3) who took the opportunity, knocking out Johnson with a nasty knee kick 2 minutes, 24 seconds into the second round to retain his flyweight title The knee would have been illegal under MMA rules in the US, as Johnson was in a ground position when he was hit, but these strikes are allowed under the One Championship banner in Asia

“I have to go home and watch the fight, see when I made mistakes,” said Johnson, 34, who had never been eliminated before Wednesday “Adriano is very long, tall It was hard trying to reach him It’s part of the game You stay in this game long enough, it’s bound to happen at some point, right?”

Moraes of Brazil had waited years for the chance to fight Johnson Although the fight was for the flyweight title, he was actually fought at 135 pounds, as One Championship’s weight classes are modified from those of the US to discourage the extreme weight cup Moraes won a One Championship title in 2014 He lost the belt in 2015, before regaining the undisputed title in 2017

Moraes’ size and advantage gave Johnson significant problems early on Although there wasn’t much attacking in the first round, it was obvious Johnson was struggling to muster his distant opponent, and he struggled to match Moraes’ physique on the pitch Moraes nearly landed a standing knee in round two, moments before a right uppercut dropped Johnson, then the final knee kick sets him cold

One Championship has several other live events scheduled on TNT this month, although Wednesday’s card offered by far the best lineup in terms of name recognition in the U.S

In addition to the main flyweight event, One Championship promoted a lightweight bout between former Bellator MMA and UFC Champion Eddie Alvarez and ranked No.2 Lightweight, Iuri Lapicus on the co-feature. had an unfortunate ending, in which Alvarez (30-8) was disqualified in the first round for hits to the back of the head

Alvarez, of Pennsylvania, scored an early withdrawal and trapped Lapicus’ legs under him along the fence As Alvarez began to throw wide right hands from the top position, Lapicus turned his head towards the fence, exposing the back of his head. Alvarez kept throwing punches until Lapicus reacted badly to one and fell back to the web

The action was halted when the referee called an illegal move and separated the fighters Alvarez immediately challenged the legality of the hits but subsequently spoke only about Lapicus’ health

“Iuri was turning his head the other way, and the ref warned me: ‘Back of the head!'” said Alvarez “If you see I take my head and push his head towards the side where the punches were coming from On top of that I thought as long as I hit the ear I thought it was legal Whatever the referee’s call is fine I hope that Iuri is doing absolutely fine This game is so dangerous, all I care about is that everyone stay safe “

If Alvarez had won the fight it would have been one step closer to competing for the lightweight championship from One As Is, he suffers his third loss in four fights

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Source: https://www.espn.com/mma/story/_/id/31212935/demetrious-johnson-knocked-adriano-moraes-one-championship-title-bout