Demetrious Johnson’s promotional debut at ONE Championship: A New Era went as expected, with Mighty Mouse finishing his opponent.
Demetrious Johnson is simply one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. After starting his UFC career as a bantamweight and being unsuccessful in a title fight against Dominick Cruz, the Flyweight division was adopted and Mighty Mouse found his home. Johnson won the title after defeating Ian McCall and Joseph Benavidez, then defended the belt a record 11 times before falling to Henry Cejudo in a rematch. He’ll be making his debut at ONE Championship: A New Era.
Yuya Wakamatsu was 10-2 when he joined ONE Championship after going 9-1 in Pancrase. The Japanese Fighter was defeated in his promotional debut in September.
Johnson shoots for a takedown early but is stuffed by Wakamatsu. Johnson lands a big right and takes Wakamatsu down. Wakamatsu does a great job to get back up from the takedowns, but Johnson is able to take Wakamatsu down again. Wakamatsu just misses a big kick to the head of Johnson. Both fighters exchange jabs and kicks with about a minute left in the round. Johnson is able to secure another takedown with just under a minute in the round. Pretty close round.
Wakamatsu comes out swinging in round two. Wakamatsu lands a counter and follows it up with another big jab at the beginning of the round. Johnson is smart and shoots for the takedown and gets it. Johnson now in control from the back of Wakamatsu looking for a rear-naked choke. Wakamatsu was able to get out, but Johnson is still in control from side position as he looks for a possible arm-triangle. Wakamatsu tries to get back to his feet, but Johnson gets Wakamatsu in a guillotine choke. Johnson has the choke in deep and there is the tap.
Demetrious Johnson makes a STATEMENT in his ONE debut, submitting Yuya Wakamatsu with a tight guillotine choke at 2:40 of Round 2! @MightyMouse #WeAreONE #ANewEra #Tokyo #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/K4yOpTfmQJ
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) March 31, 2019
Demetrious Johnson def. Yuya Wakamatsu by Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round 2