Demetrious Johnson faces Adriano Moraes in flyweight title clash at ONE: ‘Reign of Dynasties’
ONE Championship CEO / Founder Chatri Sityodtong broke the news on Twitter:
BREAKING NEWS: Demetrious Johnson (30-3) will challenge ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes (18-3) for the world title on April 11 in China!
— Chatri Sityodtong (@yodchatri) January 13, 2020
The fight looks set to headline ONE: ‘Reign of Dynasties’ which will be the promotion’s fifth major fight card of the year and the first event to take place in China in 2020.
Johnson (30-3) won the ONE flyweight Grand Prix last year, beating three separate opponents to get his post UFC career off to the best possible start. He is universally accepted as being the best 125lber of all time after a glorious career inside the octagon.
Moraes (18-3) has lost three fights, but every single defeat has been a debatable split decision. He is a three time ONE Championship flyweight champion but has successfully defended the belt just twice.
The Brazilian has not fought in a year, having been inactive since beating Geje Eustaquio at ONE: ‘Hero’s Ascent’ to regain the belt. That is probably because eight of the top contenders were tied up in the flyweight Grand Prix.
Meanwhile Johnson made his ONE Championship debut at ONE: ‘A New Era’ last April and fought two more times. He beat Yuya Wakamatsu, Tatsumitsu Wada and Danny Kingad to win the tournament and earn a title shot.