ONE Championship debuted on the American network channel TNT on Wednesday, organizing a star show that brought great news in various ways.
Defender of ONE flyweight champion Adriano Moraes was an obvious slime against his challenger, legendary lightweight fighter Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson. However, the Brazilian stunned the former holder of the title in the flyweight category, as well as the viewers of the television audience with a knockout in the second round to keep the title and strengthen his heritage in the weight category.
Johnson had never been finished off by strikes before, but that’s exactly what happened to 34-year-old Kallang in Singapore when the champion got a smart knee-jerk advantage to compete between two warriors, before the strike. combo urged the judge to cancel it.
Johnson, who won the Grand Prix for promotions in the men’s category and earned the title opportunity at this significant event, said afterwards on social media: “All right, everyone to the hotel. Watch the fight. Great day at the office. Congratulations to Moraes. , we’ll be back. “
The Moraes winner also took to Twitter, saying, “Thank you all! Jorge Masvidal told me that a knee can change lives.”
Meanwhile, the seasonal night in the company’s history has begun controversially, as lightweight veteran Eddie Alvarez has been disqualified for illegal strikes in his fight against Yuri Lapicus.
Former UFC lightweight champion Alvarez was returning to the cage after 20 months of inactivity, but was shown a red card after repeatedly dropping shots into the back of his head.
The decision divided many fans, but Alvarez himself admitted after the fight that he agreed with the referee’s call.
“Yuri turned his head to the other side and the judge warned me,” he told me, “the back of my head, Eddie.” “, Alvarez explained.
“So you see me take my head and start pushing his head towards my blow. You will see on the bar. When the judge warns me, I grab my head and push Yuri to the side of the coming blow. On top of all that, I felt as long as I punched in the ear that it was legal. “
“The judge is here, regardless of the invitation he made, it is an invitation. I apologize. I hope Yuri is completely fine because this game is so dangerous. All that matters to me is that everyone here is honestly safe and that they can go home to their family when they are done. I’m praying for Yuri right now. ”