Demetrious Johnson will take to the ONE Championship Circle once again on August 26 at ONE on Prime Video 1: Moraes vs. Johnson II. But that doesn’t mean the flyweight great isn’t keeping his options open for the future.
Demetrious Johnson Open To Superfights
Johnson is not opposed to more superfights down the line, and his list of potential opponents is eye-catching.
“Mighty Mouse” has already had one superfight in ONE against Rodtang Jitmuangnon in a mixed-rules bout. A matchup he won in the second round with a rear-naked choke. So, who else is on the Washington native’s list?
“To compete against? Oh, I wouldn’t mind fighting Giorgio Petrosyan to see how well he manages the distance in a fight. His eyes, you know, I heard he has really good eyes,” said Johnson.
“Who else? I guess Superbon [Singha Mawynn] to see how good his kickboxing is. I’ve seen his kickboxing. I think Superbon’s Muay Thai is way better than his kickboxing, to be honest with you.”
But there is also one potential opponent he is not as thrilled about competing against — Mikey Musumeci.
Johnson is not scared of the challenge and is open to the possibility if “Darth Rigatoni” wants to roll with him. However, Johnson thinks so highly of the New Jersey native’s ground game he figures he will be putting his limbs and ligaments in danger.
“I’m sure I’ll train with Mikey Musumeci one of these days, but we can compete if he wants. But I know how it would go; the battle will tear my ACL,” said Johnson.
“I know people want me to grapple Mikey Musumeci. Mikey Musumeci will eat me up alive. That’s what those guys live, breathe, and eat — Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, right? Like, I’ve started grappling with a gi, and I’ve just been doing pure grappling, and there are levels to grappling. It’s just the sheer fact.”
But before Johnson can turn the page toward more superfights, redemption will be on his mind against ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes as ONE makes its debut on Prime Video.
With a legacy of greatness already etched in the history books, Johnson is not done writing the book.
ONE on Prime Video 1: Moraes vs. Johnson II airs live on Prime Video at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST on Friday, August 26.