Trilogies are a dime a dozen in the modern mixed martial arts world, but the third act of ONE Championship’s most anticipated fight will surely surpass them all.
ONE Flyweight World Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson versus Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes III will headline the promotion’s first voyage onto U.S. soil when ONE Fight Night 10 heads to the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado, on Friday, May 5.
The illustrious trilogy marks new territory for “Mighty Mouse.” The MMA icon has never fought an opponent three times, which makes the finer details of preparation that much more clinical.
That said, the flyweight king has yet to get proceedings under way, but plans to enter the Circle’s biggest occasion as the most optimal fighter possible.
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“I think the adjustments Adriano makes will come from going back to watch the second fight again. For me, I'm just going to train, and I'm just going to go out there and try to be the best Demetrious Johnson that I can be,” Johnson said.
“When we looked at the first fight against him we saw a lot of opportunities, then we were able to execute them in the second fight.
“In the third fight, I plan on doing the exact same thing. I’m just going to be better, faster, stronger, and take the fight to him. Even though I'm the champion, I'm always taking the fight to my opponents.”
Of the four losses Johnson has taken, nobody has beat him quite like his Brazilian nemesis, Moraes. Both men hold one victory over the other - coincidentally being the only knockouts each man has suffered as well.
With so much on the line this May, the duellers are laser-focussed on the battle at hand. However, amidst the fighting fog, Johnson is able to see life after the historic collision.
“I think after this, I'll be facing Kairat Ahkmetov, who I believe is the number-one contender in the flyweight division. He's on a five-fight win streak. We haven't locked horns yet. I think it'll probably be him, but then after that, we'll see what's next,” the 36-year-old said.
“I think fighting fresh blood is always good. It doesn't matter who I fight because I'm always going to go out there and bring the fight. You look at all my fights in ONE Championship or in my entire career. I've always bought the fight. When I fought Danny Kingad, Yuya Wakamatsu, Tatsumitsu Wada, Adriano, and Rodtang. It doesn't matter who I fight. It's always going to be exciting.
“I know that fans are looking forward to this trilogy fight because we have 1-1, but regardless, after fighting Adriano, we won't fight for a fourth time. We'll get some fresh blood and give the fans what they want.”