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Demetrious Johnson’s ONE legacy begins as Flyweight GP Champion

Demetrious Johnson won the One Championship Flyweight Grand Prix with a unanimous decision over Danny Kingad at ONE 100 Century on Oct 12 in Tokyo, Japan.

The match began with a sequence of scrambling wild exchanges until Johnson and Kingad settle into the clinch. Kingad enjoyed a spell of control on the fence before separating with elbow strikes and returning to the center of the cage.

They both trade low kicks as they feel out their feinting. Johnson quickly finds his beat and shoots for the takedown attempt. Johnson has his impressive speed on full display as he scrambles all over Kingad fishing for his preferred set up. Johnson would use settle with ease into side control to seek as he bullies Kingad’s left arm into a kimura lock.

The submission doesn’t hold long, but the escape attempt from Kingad would allow Johnson to reaffirm his control and finish out the round striking with Kingad balled up with his back against the cage.

The second round opened with more low kicks from Kingad, who then patiently waited for Johnson to blitz and found a beautifully timed counter combination that would drop Johnson into a desperation level change and takedown. Johnson would finish the sequence on top and once against work his way from side control, to half guard and a full mount attempt. With each unsuccessful attempt Johnson would leapfrog his hips around to the opposite side and repeat the process.

While Johnson has tasted Kingad’s power with the second round knockdown, it hasn’t diminished his willingness to trade strikes. Once Kingad is convinced they will be standing and striking, Johnson will flirt with the takedown and again repeat his routines. Despite Kingad having his own occasional good looks and power shots, he was convincingly bullied most of the match.

He was most effective with his standing strikes, but never had an answer for Johnson’s takedowns. Kingad did however display significant heart and toughness to survive multiple tight submission attempts, from arm locks to chokes Kingad was able to survive to a judge’s decision. Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson won by unanimous decision.

Johnson playfully stumbles under the weight of the massive belt as One Championship CEO & Chairman Chatri Sityodtong placed it over his shoulder. The One Flyweight champion is undefeated at 3-0 since moving to the Singapore based promotion.

With a decent sized active roster in the division, ‘Mighty Mouse’ will have plenty of challengers to face off with on his way to another double digit win streak. The stage is now set for Demetrious Johnson to mirror his hall of fame UFC legacy in One Championship with a long run of title defenses.

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