ONE Empower fighters predict winner of ONE on TNT 1: Adriano Moraes vs. Demetrious Johnson.
All eyes will be on the main event of ONE on TNT 1 as ONE Championship flyweight champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes defends his crown against ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson on April 7.
It’s a career-defining clash for the two fighters, a rightful main event for the promotion’s first night in American television as they both stake their reputations in this explosive main event.
Moraes, who has been the gold standard of the flyweight division in ONE Championship for the better part of the last decade, is aiming to prove that he truly is the best in the world. Meanwhile, Johnson is looking to cement his position as the greatest flyweight in the history of mixed martial arts as he seeks to add the ONE flyweight world title to his loaded trophy case.
But fans in the United States won’t be the only ones watching.
Count the competitors in the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix among those who will be glued to their screens once the bell rings for Moraes and Johnson. As intriguing as the matchup is between the two warriors, it seems like the women have already made their choice on who they believe will come out on top.
ONE Empower women predict winners for ONE on TNT 1: Adriano Moraes vs. Demetrious Johnson
Alyse “Lil’ Savage” Anderson is set to face Itsuki “Strong Heart Fighter” Hirata of Japan in the quarterfinals at ONE: Empower on May 28 and grew up watching Johnson tear the house down from his days in UFC.
“I always loved watching Demetrious Johnson. It’s been awesome watching him,” she said.
Johnson was one of her idols growing up, seeing firsthand how he took down his opponents one-by-one to get to the sport’s pinnacle.
“That’s why I see Demetrious winning,” she said. “I would like to see him finish but I could see it going the distance.”
Revering Johnson in the same degree is China’s Meng Bo, who is taking on Ritu “The Indian Tigress” in their quarterfinal bout.
“I have to pick Demetrious Johnson as the winner because he’s the most well-rounded fighter, in my opinion,” she said.
Meng isn’t alone with many pundits considering Johnson as one of the best to ever step into the cage. After all, he showed no letups even when he came to ONE Championship, tearing shreds through the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix in his first three fights in the promotion.
Johnson made Japan’s Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu tap out to a guillotine choke in the second round when he made his debut in March 2019 at ONE: A New Era. He then pummeled Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada of Japan to a unanimous decision victory at ONE: Dawn of Heroes, before outlasting Danny “The King” Kingad via unanimous decision in October at ONE: Century Part 1.
Moraes, however, poses a legitimate threat as he is a certified Brazilian jiu-jitsu wizard as evidenced in his success in ONE Championship.
But in Meng’s view, she knows who the better all-around fighter is — and it’s not even close.
“When it comes to striking, ground control, [Johnson is] the best in all those areas. So I have to pick him as the winner,” she said.
The girls of the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix may favor Johnson, but he should know better than to feel overconfident, all the more if he wants to dethrone Moraes.
Morae is certainly coming in with a huge chip on his shoulder and is more than driven to put an end to the doubts and certify himself as the undisputed best flyweight in the world, no less against a 14-year veteran like Johnson.
Aside from the monumental clash between Moraes and Johnson, ONE on TNT I is a must-see card straight from Singapore. Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez battles Moldovan bruiser Iuri Lapicus in a certified hard-knocks lightweight contest as they both assert their rightful spot as the next challenger to reigning ONE lightweight champion Christian Lee. Reigning ONE flyweight Muay Thai champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon will also see action in a catchweight muay thai bout against Jacob Smith.
The loaded card will air live on US primetime on April 7, 8:30 p.m. ET while it airs simultaneously in Asia on April 8, 8:30 a.m. SGT.