ONE Championship promised excitement leading up to its “ONE on TNT” series – and in the first event, the organization lived up to expectations.
“ONE on TNT I” went down on Thursday, 8 April, and saw a ONE World Champion defeat one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time.
In the main event, ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes knocked out 12-time Flyweight World Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in the second round of their World Title clash.
The bout got off to a cautious start, as both men tried to find a way past each other’s defense. A few scrambles ensued and strikes were exchanged, but nothing telling happened until round two.
That was when the defending ONE Flyweight World Champion hit Johnson with an uppercut. “Mighty Mouse” fell to the canvas, and when he tried to get back to his feet, Moraes connected with a knee that instantly turned the American’s lights off.
Moraes followed up with ground-and-pound, forcing the referee to wave off the action. As a result, the Brazilian notched his 19th career victory and became the first person to finish Johnson.
In the co-main event, Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez was disqualified after inadvertently striking opponent and #2-ranked lightweight contender Iuri Lapicus on the back of the head.
Just one minute into the fight, Alvarez had Lapicus on the ground near the Circle Wall and was throwing punches over his rival’s shoulder. Some of those punches landed on the back of the Moldovan’s head, which caused referee Justin Brown to pause the action and give Lapicus a five-minute recovery period.
Lapicus, however, could not continue, so the referee was forced to give “The Underground King” a red card.
Alvarez sent a heartfelt message to Lapicus and all the fans afterward, and he even praised the referee for doing his job. But because the American received the red card, he was disqualified from the contest, giving the Moldovan the win.
Full Results For “ONE on TNT I”
Rodtang Jitmuangnon defeats Danial Williams via unanimous decision (Muay Thai – catch weight of 61.5 kilograms)
Adriano Moraes defeats Demetrious Johnson via knockout at 2:24 of round two (ONE Flyweight World Title)
Iuri Lapicus defeats Eddie Alvarez via disqualification at 1:03 of round one (mixed martial arts – lightweight)
Raimond Magomedaliev defeats Tyler McGuire via unanimous decision (mixed martial arts – welterweight)
Enriko Kehl defeats Chingiz Allazov via split decision (kickboxing – featherweight)
Oumar Kane defeats Patrick Schmid via TKO at 1:48 of round one (mixed martial arts – heavyweight)
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