Demetrious Johnson Speaks On KO Loss To Adriano Moraes

Demetrious Johnson has weighed in on the strike that put him away against Adriano Moraes.

Johnson challenged Moraes for the ONE Championship Flyweight Title on April 7. The title bout headlined the ONE on TNT 1 card. After being dropped by an uppercut in the second round, “Mighty Mouse” was stopped by a knee. While Johnson was down when Moraes hit the knee upstairs, in ONE that strike is legal.

Speaking to reporters, Johnson said he’s still in favor of the rule despite being on the wrong end of it (h/t MMAJunkie.com).

“I like these rules. Like I said, it’s a progression of a fight. I went down on my back. I was coming up for an underhook, Adriano had me posted, he blasted a knee, the fight’s over, it’s done, I don’t get anymore concussions. It’s just done, and it was a different position than I’ve been in. Adriano did a good job of using his length. He fully extended me and landed the knee.”

“Mighty Mouse” went on to say that he’s at peace with the finish.

“Like I said, it ended the fight. I wasn’t stalling one bit. I was trying to get up and fight, and I got blasted with a knee. My very first fight in ONE Championship, I did it to Yuya Wakamatsu and ended up getting the finish. The rule is meant to be there to keep the fight progressing and end the fight. So if Adriano wasn’t able to land that knee, yes, I would have still been in that fight, so he would have had to do something totally different. I’m totally content with what happened. I’m not like, ‘That rule should be taken out.’ That’s what the rule was, Adriano used it to his advantage, and I was on the other end of the stick.”

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