For the first time in his career, Demetrious Johnson was KO’ed at ONE on TNT 1.
Demetrious Johnson has made a career of being unstoppable. Sure, he’s lost before, but never definitely. He always walked through any obstacle and came out the other side standing. Johnson lived up to his Mighty Mouse persona as much as anyone could. He was unstoppable until he wasn’t. At ONE on TNT 1, Johnson was stopped for the first time in his career by Adriano Moraes with a devastating knee.
The knee came when Johnson was on the ground, and the shot rocked Johnson back and down onto the mat, where the fight was quickly halted. Johnson was able to stand upright after, however, and even seemed fully aware of what was happening around him. Despite the viciousness of the strike, Johnson seemed ok.
So it wasn’t too surprising to hear Johnson tweet out just that afterward, taking to Twitter to reassure his fans that he was ok after the violent KO.
The knee to a down opponent will surely spark some conversations about the legitimacy or necessity of such a violent move, but the move is legal and in the eyes of some, should be. For Johnson, however, his undefeated run in ONE Championship is over and now it’s back to the drawing board.
Johnson will surely get another high-profile fight sooner rather than later. He’s one of ONE Championship’s biggest draws and considering how vital he is to the growth of the brand in the United States, there should be a desire to get him booked as soon as possible, once he’s healed. It seems unlikely he’d get an automatic rematch with Moraes, however, as Johnson was defeated fair and square.
For Moraes, he had his biggest career win to date, defeating the king of the Western flyweights in definitive fashion, leaving no doubt that he was the better fighter at ONE on TNT 1.