The Former UFC Flyweight Champ Demetrious Johnson Out-Duels Tatsumitsu Wada!
ONE Championship: Dawn of Heroes takes place at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines today (Friday, August 2, 2019). Welcome to the Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout between the former UFC 125-pound king Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and incredibly tough tall Japanese mixed martial artist Tatsumitsu Wada. The referee in charge of this competition is Kemp Cheng.
Demetrious Johnson kneeled, it seems he’s trying to confuse his opponent. Both fighters are very cautious, Johnson in the southpaw stance. Wada landed a kick, while Demetrious delivered a combo and went for a takedown. Demetrious spins in the guard, Wada retakes his back. 10-9 Wada.
Wada feints a takedown, a lot of feints on both sides. Body kicks on both sides, and more body blows. Nice double leg takedown for Johnson, the Japanese had a guillotine, but he lets it go. Not too much ground work, unsure who won this round, I’d say Johnson 10-9.
Early head kick Johnson, leg kicks, followed by a kick to the mid-section. Johnson catches a kick, goes for a takedown. Elbow Johnson, who passes to side control. The Japanese rolls back, Johnson threatens with a front choke.
Wada is on his knees, Johnson is looking for the back, suplex attempt stopped! Side control, Wada fired a knee, but he is taken to the ground again. Wada eats body shot, hard-right punch Demetrious. The end of the round, 10-9 Johnson.
Final Result: Demetrious Johnson defeats Tatsumitsu Wada via unanimous decision
Here are the highlights:
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) August 2, 2019
The flyweight GOAT proves superior in front of a stern test, as Demetrious Johnson (29-3-1) rallies to beat two-time DEEP champ Tatsumitsu Wada at his own grappling and scrambling game. Now 15-1-1 at flyweight, "Mighty Mouse" will face Danny Kingad in the GP finals. #DawnOfHeroes pic.twitter.com/oQ43iu1gw5
— Kyle Johnson (@VonPreux) August 2, 2019
Demetrious Johnson improves the score to 29-3-1 MMA, 2-0 ONE FC , Tatsumitsu Wada 21-11-2, 1 NC MMA; 2-2 ONE FC.