Legendary former UFC flight champion Demetrious Johnson made his expected ONE Championship debut on today's motherboard (March 31
Mighty Mouse was last seen to lose a hot-contested split decision for current champion Henry Cejudo at the end of August's UFC 227. Before that, he reeled 11 victories in succession for the longest UFC title reign (in terms of victories) of all-time. Johnson was always a fan of Japanese MMA and felt that Johnson was the next step in his development as a struggle to get to Japan.
He met no easy task in Wakamatsu, a Pancrase Flyweight Tournament winner. Wakamatsu had his back to the wall, but lost his last two matches in ONE. He was last seen to release a decision to Danny Kingad on the ONE: Conquest of Heroes last September.
Johnson came out to push the pace. He struck short with Wakamatsu in the opening minute. & # 39; Mighty Mouse & # 39; went upstairs with a head shot and pressed the action. He landed a stitch right and went to a takedown. Johnson got the taketown, but Wakamatsu got the backup. The Japanese crowd chanted his name when the fight came back to striking. Wakamatsu controlled the clinic this time. DJ landed a knee and broke free to land a kick.
He followed with another straight right hand. Wakamatsu responded with a big shot and kick. Johnson threw a shot and went to a quick double leg that was successful. He went to the side and landed knees on the ground. Wakamatsu came back to his feet, and Johnson landed knees to the body to finish the first round.
Wakamatsu came out strong with a big punch. He sprawled a takedown and looked great. But as Johnson can do, he took down his opponent and started losing him. He again checked the action from side control. He landed some knees when Wakamatsu got up and locked on a tight standing guillotine. The choker had tons of gearing and Wakamatsu had to press. Awesome ONE debut from Johnson, moving on the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix.
Final result: Demetrious Johnson final Yuya Wakamatsu via submission in the other (guillotin, 2:40)