ONE lightweight champion Adriano Moraes (19-3) became the first person to ever win a stop over former UFC champion Demetrious Johnson (30-4-1), stopping him with punches in the second round of their black match at ONE on TNT I.
The competition served as the headliner of the MMA competition of Wednesday’s event, which took place at the indoor stadium in Singapore and was broadcast live on TNT in the United States
The taller Moraes stayed on the outside early, constantly moving sideways, forcing Johnson to try to push the action out of range. Eventually, Moraes caught a blow from his opponent, then fell to the lane and tried to threaten his legs. While Moraes could not finish the pass, the ensuing quarrel saw him move to the top position, where he finished the round.
Moraes remained mobile in the second, with Johnson seamlessly switching poses and trying to push. The aggression was impressive, but it would have the opposite effect, with Moraes sneaking in a clear combination of two shots against an advancing opponent, causing him to crash to the floor. Moraes took advantage of a stunned opponent, legally knocking down an enemy and winning the stop victory at the 2:24 mark on the second frame.
Adriano Moraes 🇧🇷 SHOCKED THE WORLD, becoming the first person to graduate from Demetrious Johnson! @adrianomkmoraes #WeAreONE #ONECha Championship #ONEonTNT pic.twitter.com/HhvlmwDwW6
̵1; ONE Championship (@ONECha Championship) April 8, 2021
The performance of the ONE Championship in prime time in the USA started quite disappointingly, as Eddie Alvarez (10-8) was disqualified in the first round of his competition in the lightweight category with Iuri Lapicus (15-1).
After a brief process of feeling to start the battle, Alvarez fired inside to take off and managed to pull the action of the canvas in the opening minute. Sitting near the cage and with his opponent in a dominant position, Lapicus turned his face to the fence, leaving only the back of his head exposed. Alvarez threw a few right hands that landed at the base of the skull, and Lapicus screamed before falling back onto the canvas.
Judge Justin Brown immediately intervened when Alvarez turned to the hammers. After a brief confusion, Brown received a red card from Alvarez.
Did Eddie Alvarez have to be DQ’d for that? 🧐 @Ealvarezfight @tntdrama #WeAreONE #ONECha Championship #ONEonTNT pic.twitter.com/pdNYqaOfeJ
– ONE Championship (@ONECha Championship) April 8, 2021
After the call, the clearly emotional Alvarez said he thought the beatings were legal, but apologized for the offense and expressed concern about his opponent’s well-being as he was taken on a stretcher.
“You guys put me in a cage,” Alvarez said. “Referee, he’s there.” Whatever he calls, that’s it. I’m sorry. I hope Yuri is okay. “
A former UFC and Bellator champion, Alvarez won just one victory in three appearances in the ONE Championship.
The opening of the match at night saw the prospect in heavyweight category Oumar Kane (3: 0), better known as “Reug Reug”, to keep his perfect career record flawless with the first round of kickboxer Patrick Schmid (0-1).
Kane was patient to open the race, but eventually filled with punches, making his way before taking action on the floor. Schmid struggled to his feet as Kane backed away with blows, and the battle was swung 1:48 from the opening round.
ONE for TNT I results include:
- Champion Adriano Moraes defeated Demetrious Johnson by knockout (kicks, knee) – Round 2, 2:24 – to defend the title in a fly
- Iuri Lapicus defeated Eddie Alvarez by disqualification (illegal kicks) – 1st round, 1:02
- Raymond Magomedaliev defeated Tyler McGuire by unanimous decision – Round 3, 5:00
- Oumar Kane defeated Patrick Schmid through TKO (hits) – Round 1, 1:48