Demetrious Johnson went 3-0 in 2019, winning the ONE flyweight grand prix in the process. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
The first part of ONE’s 100th show featured another big win for ex-UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson in Tokyo.
After making his way to the final of ONE’s flyweight grand prix with wins over Yuya Wakamatsu and Tatsumitsu Wada, the former UFC flyweight king dominated Danny Kingad with superior wrestling to win the eight-man competition.
The flyweight grand prix final headlined part one of “ONE: Century” on Sunday morning in Japan.
Johnson weathered an early storm from Kingad in the first round and took him down several times over 15 minutes, attempting to secure submissions and landing punches, elbows and knees. Victorious via unanimous decision, Johnson snapped Kingad’s six-fight winning streak.
“Mighty Mouse” now expects to face flyweight champion Adriano Moraes for the ONE gold.
“Obviously I’m the No. 1 contender,” he said after the win. “I got a date with Adriano Moraes. He’s a beast, tall, great grappler.”
But don’t expect Johnson to jump right away in camp for the five-round championship contest.
“Three fights in one year – I haven’t done this since 2013,” Johnson said. “I’m tired, I’m gonna go home and take some time off and enjoy this.”
In a lightweight grand prix shattered by injuries and fight cancellations, it’s fitting that a fighter that stepped into the final with only 10 days’ notice became the tournament winner.
Christian Lee, the ONE lightweight champ who wasn’t part of the original eight in the tournament, outwrestled Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev over three rounds to win a decision after replacing ex-UFC champ Eddie Alvarez.
Lee got the mount and took his opponent’s back to land punches and elbows, threatening submissions on multiples occasions over the course of the fight. He couldn’t secure the finish, but “The Warrior” had his hand raised with an unanimous call.
Lee is now 4-0 over the past 11 months, including a second-round knockout victory over Shinya Aoki to win the lightweight belt in May.
In the preliminary portion of the card, all but two bouts ended with finishes. One of the decisions went to UFC veteran Yushin Okami, who snapped an uncomfortable three-fight losing skid with a split win over Agilan Thani.
Check the complete ONE: Century, Part 1 results below.
Angela Lee def. Xiong Jing Nan via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 5, 4:48
Demetrious Johnson def. Danny Kingad via unanimous decision
Christian Lee def. Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev via unanimous decision
Yuya Wakamatsu def. Dae Hwan Kim via unanimous decision
Yushin Okami def. Agilan Thani via split decision
Itsuki Hirata def. Rika Ishige via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 4:41
Lito Adiwang def. Senzo Ikeda via TKO (arm injury) – Round 1, 1:57
Chang Min Yoon def. Phoe Thaw via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:17
Won Il Kwon def. Sunoto Peringkat via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:43
Janet Todd vs. Ekaterina Vandaryeva via KO – Round 2, 2:20
Sam-A Gaiyanghadao def. Darren Roland via KO – Round 2, 1:20
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