Although Demetrious Johnson has hinted at retiring, he is looking forward to defending his world title against Kairat Akhmetov, which is set to take place soon. At ONE Fight Night 10: Johnson vs. Moraes III on Prime Video, the ONE flyweight world champion successfully defended his strap against arch-rival Adriano Moraes, but he also witnessed a possible world title challenger hungry to grab the gold. Moraes defeated Johnson through unanimous decision to become the new ONE flyweight world champion.When Kairat Akhmetov defeated Reece McLaren on the same card at the 1stBank Centre in Denver, he moved one step closer to winning the ONE flyweight world title again. Akhmetov is a past world champion in this weight class.
Akhmetov, who is listed as the No. 2 contender in the flyweight division, defeated McLaren, who is ranked as the No. 4 contender, with a decisive and unanimous decision victory to earn the right to potentially fight Johnson for the world title.
During the press conference that took place after the event, the American icon stated that he is thrilled about the possibility of defending the ONE flyweight world title against Akhmetov in his upcoming match.According to Demetrious Johnson:
“Kairat is a fantastic athlete, and he is really powerful. It was in 2019, I believe, that I watched him and Reece McLaren competing in the World Grand Prix. Additionally, he is a skilled wrestler. You should know that whenever I go up against him, I consider it an opportunity for a fresh test since he always brings something new to the table.
Johnson, who is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished mixed martial artists of all time, added another chapter to his legendary status by putting an end to his long-running feud with Adriano Moraes during ONE Championship’s first on-site event in the United States this past weekend.
Even while their bout did not finish in another dramatic knockout, Johnson and Moraes put on a clinical match, which ‘Mighty Mouse’ ultimately prevailed in and won through unanimous decision.
Fans in North America have the opportunity to view the replay of ONE Fight Night 10 for free on Amazon Prime Video.