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It probably wasn’t supposed to happen this way.
When planning One Championship’s debut on TNT, the promotion could not have predicted that Eddie Alvarez was suffer a highly questionable DQ loss, nor did it likely expect Adriano Moraes — a roughly 5-1 underdog — to stop “Mighty Mouse” in the second round. The Brazilian started strong, using a leg lock to gain top position in the first frame. His advantage grew in the second when an uppercut rocked the advancing Johnson, who then landed in prime position to absorb a vicious grounded knee.
For those unaware, such knees are legal in One Championship.
Just like that, two former UFC champions suffered losses in very different ways. The night stood as an odd comparison: Alvarez punched his opponent near the ear with seemingly legal blows, and he was disqualified. Johnson, meanwhile, was melted with the same type of knee that cost Petr Yan his Bantamweight strap, but that’s allowed! Compare the two finishes below:
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 8, 2021
— Streetfight Banned-cho (@streetfitebncho) April 8, 2021
To add an extra element of irony, Johnson has been very vocally arguing for legalized ground knees! After the Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling incident, Johnson gave some rather extensive interviews about his beliefs on the subject.
Heres the thing you cant stall the fight by sitting on your knees. Knees to a grounded opponent should be allowed!
— Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouse) March 7, 2021
Johnson has used grounded knees to his advantage in previous One bouts, so this is a definite case of live by the sword, die by the sword. Similar to UFC 259’s controversial Bantamweight title fight, this outcome has fans and pundits online debating the legality of grounded knees.
In this case, the strike was used smartly to produce a clean finish. It was not gratuitous overkill, but the grounded knee did finish off one of the greatest fighters of all time. Whatever your stance on the controversial rule, it’s a definite game-changer!
Tyson Fury works the body!
Yan smells an opportunity …
— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) April 7, 2021
Roxeanne Modafferi is out of her bout with Taila Santos due to knee injury.
JUST IN: Sources have confirmed to MyMMANews that Roxanne Modafferi’s scheduled May 8 #UFC fight against Taila Santos will not go on as planned. Modafferi has sustained a meniscus tear that will require surgery. #WMMA
— Eric Kowal – MyMMANews.com (@MyMMANews) April 7, 2021
UFC ain’t the only show in town with new gear — here’s hoping these Bellator gloves prevent eye pokes!
— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) April 7, 2021
A great fight between two of the more athletic combatants at 125 pounds:
Tonight’s loss aside, “Mighty Mouse” has some pretty incredible stories from his epic title reign. Underappreciated legend!
Wanderlei Silva spars with his son exactly how one would expect.
Viking Cory Sandhagen is a good look.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Hand traps are super effective when used properly.
This “Big Baby” throws some heavy-ass punches.
This is an amazingly funny clip.
— Streetfight Banned-cho (@streetfitebncho) October 22, 2020
Neat old elevator or lawsuit in waiting?
Midnight Music: One last pick from mom before you’re all stuck with my bizarre choices again!
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.
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