Demetrious Johnson was victorious in his ONE Championship debut on Sunday.
The former UFC flyweight king was matched up against Yuya Wakamatsu in a flyweight grand prix quarter-final bout at ONE: New Era in Tokyo, Japan, and got the finish in the second round. After a competitive opening round, “Mighty Mouse” went for a takedown and worked on a choke from the mount, but Wakamatsu was able to fight it through.
Seconds later, Johnson took advantage of the different ruleset to land a few knees to the head of a grounded Wakamatsu before locking in a guillotine choke that forced the 24-year-old Japanese fighter to tap in Tokyo.
”I love the knees to the grounded opponent,” Johnson said after the win. “I just kept on reaching and I got a real nice guillotine. He went for the shot, I put my hips in and he was hanging on to my leg and I gave it more of a torque to get that finish. I don’t know if he went out or not because he tapped and then he woke up and was like ‘what happened, what happened?’ Can’t wait for the next round.”
Watch the finish below, and click here for complete ONE: A New Era results.