ONE on TNT 1 Preview: Demetrious Johnson – Adriano Moraes

2Apr 15, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Demetrious Johnson (red) celebrates following the win over and Wilson Reis (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight, ONE Championship will officially make their debut on TNT. They have put their best foot forward with former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and former UFC flyweight champion, Demetrious Johnson (30-3-1) on the card.

Johnson will be competing in the main event where he will try to capture the ONE flyweight championship. Standing in Mighty Mouse’s way tonight is the Brazilian champion, Adriano Moraes (18-3).

Moraes has been with ONE since 2013 and he’s gone 9-3 during that stretch. However, it’s worth noting that Moraes has already avenged two of those losses. The only loss he hasn’t was a split decision loss in his debut.

The ONE flyweight champion is very well rounded, but he’s known most for his grappling. He has nine submission victories to his name, but it will be his size that could be the biggest factor tonight.

Moraes is much bigger than Mighty Mouse and we’ve seen Demetrious Johnson struggle with taller fighters. It will be interesting to see how Mighty Mouse deals with Moraes at ONE on TNT 1.

Demetrious Johnson is one of of the best to ever do it. He reigned over the UFC’s flyweight division for six years before Henry Cejudo dethroned him. After that, Johnson was traded to ONE championship for Ben Askren and he’s gone 3-0 since.

ONE on TNT 1 Prediction

When it comes to ONE on TNT 1, there are a couple of things I’m watching out for tonight. The first thing is going to be the speed difference. Mighty Mouse is incredibly fast.

Moraes might be bigger, but if Johnson can use his speed to get in and out while mixing his striking with takedowns, he might be too much. On the flip side, I’m interested to see how Moraes uses his size advantage.

Will he be able to use his reach effectively? Is Moraes going to have an advantage on the ground? These are all questions that I’m looking forward to having answered at ONE on TNT 1.

Ultimately, I just think that Demetrious Johnson is the better fighter here. I love his speed and his technique and I think he can win this fight wherever it goes. I believe it’ll go the distance, but I like Mighty Mouse to pickup the ONE flyweight championship tonight.

Prediction: Demetrious Johnson by Unanimous Decision