Adriano Moraes: Demetrious Johnson Didn’t Impress Me Much In ONE GP
A successful reclamation of his title last January against Geje Eustaquio, made Adriano Moraes the undisputed ONE Championship Flyweight World Champion once again. But due to the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Tournament, which featured the top contenders in the division, Moraes was forced to wait for its conclusion to determine his next opponent.
After seeing Demetrious Johnson sweep past all of his three opponents, including Danny Kingad in the final at ONE: Century, earning the right to challenge the Brazilian champion, we can look forward to seeing Moraes vs ‘DJ’.
But one man wasn’t impressed with Johnson’s performances was ‘Mikinho’. Speaking to MMA Fighting, Moraes gave his honest opinion of Johnson’s performance in the tourney.
“He dominated his last two fights, but didn’t impress me that much, I believe that a fight with me with will be way better, and we’ll put on a show.”
The Brazilian champion claims that he is prepared to go on a battle against Johnson because clearly he knows his next assignment and it will be key for his training.
“I’m really happy to know who my next opponent will be, and I’m super excited to fight Demetrious Johnson, I’ve been training really hard. Let’s wait for a date and location for this fight. I’m very excited to defend my title against him,” said Moraes.
Moraes also believes that the super showdown will not go to distance, given how solid the reputation of both fighters are but warns that he has an all around advantage over the former pound-for-pound king.
“I don’t think it will last five rounds, I think I have some weapons that he does not. I think my reach will help me a lot in this fight, and I don’t think it goes five rounds.”
“He usually takes the fight to the ground, but I don’t know if he will try that against me because I’m also a grappler. If we stay on the feet, I have an advantage.”
Although he fought some tough opponents in his professional career, Adriano admits that this will be by far the biggest. Mainly because of Johnson’s martial arts resumé.
“I’ll treat this fight like a normal fight, as if I’m defending my title against any other fighter, but the fact that he brings his history to the table, being (a UFC) champion, will make more people want to watch the fight. That doesn’t impress me a bit, though. I’m ready to defend my title as I’ve been doing for six years.”