One of the greatest of all time will get his chance to capture his second world title in February. One Championship announced today that Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (30-3-1) will be taking on flyweight champion, Adriano Moraes (18-3) on February 24th.
It will be the first time since October of 2019 that Johnson has fought in One Championship. Mighty Mouse was the long-reigning flyweight champion of the UFC. He was so dominant that many lost interest in the division.
The UFC was considering closing down the division and didn’t really want to pay Johnson his championship wages. Back in 2018, after six years as champion, Johnson lost to Henry Cejudo.
After the fight was over, the UFC didn’t move to book a rematch. Instead, they worked out a historic trade deal with One Championship. In the first of it’s kind, the deal sent Johnson over to one and the UFC received Ben Askren in return.
Askren was an undefeated welterweight at the time who many considered to be one of the best. The deal gave Mighty Mouse a chance to get a fresh start in One Championship.
He made his debut with One Championship back in March of 2019. He competed in the flyweight tournament and won the tournament against Danny Kingad in October. Now, he’ll get the chance to capture the One Championship flyweight belt.
One Championship – February 24th
Standing in the way of Mighty Mouse will be the champion, Adriano Moraes. Moraes has been with One Championship since 2013. In his career, he’s only lost three times and all three of those losses were by split decision.
He’s already avenged two of those three losses in One Championship. While good everywhere, Moraes is especially good on the ground and he can give Mighty Mouse some problems when the two of them face off.
He’s tall and long for the division and will enjoy a five inch height advantage when the two square off in February. This is a fantastic matchup for One Championship in February.
While he never got the recognition he earned in the UFC, Mighty Mouse is still one of the best to ever do it. His dominance created a lack of parody which created limited interest. However, you still have to recognize how good he is. I can’t wait to sit down for this one in February.