Former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson signs with ONE FC

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The MMA world has talked about this for a week. ONE FC have set their sites on trading Ben Askren, the undefeated folk style wrestler, for former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.

ONE FC signing top talent

The promotion has had a great year financially and have began to sign top talent to expand their growing brand. Journalists have looked deeper into the financials of the upcoming promotion. An example of which can be seen below:

Whatever ONE’s financial status fighters have been signed on multi fight deals. Kickboxers like Nieky Holzken , Giorgio Petrosyan , and former UFC Lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez.

ONE FC have secured Demetrious Johnson per mutliple news outlets and from ONE FC’s CEO.

Rumors begin

Both fighters hinted at big changes coming their way this week.

Askren poked fun at the UFC’s front man, Dana White. Both men have gone on record to say how much dislike they have for one another.


First Major trade in MMA History

The signing has yet to be officially confirmed but Chatri Sityodtong, CEO of ONE, has already welcomed Johnson to the company.

Johnson lives ONE FC’s tenets with his martial arts attitude and skill set, not doubt a great addition to the promotion. Often underappreciated by some fans and the UFC for fighting in the smallest men’s weight class and keeping a humble and unassuming image Johnson can now flourish  in Asia. Who knows, maybe one day he will drift to Rizin and have a rematch with Kyoji Horiguchi.

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This bodes well for underappreciated fighters who want out of their contract.  They may have somewhere to go instead of free agency and can be switched directly with talent from different organisations.

Ben Askren’s Twitter tirade

Ben Askren, on the other hand, has already locked horns with numerous UFC Welterweights on Twitter. When MMA fighters are not trading punches you can almost guarantee barbs exchanged on Twitter. Never short of words he has been calling out a number of UFC fighters for his debut fight.

He went after big pays days in the Diaz brothers to cause a stir as well as some other notables of the sport.

The outspoken wrestler has  added Darren Till, GSP, and Conor McGregor to the laundry list of names he wants to test himself against.

He has already got the fans going with the hypothetical fights he could have in the UFC. Not only are the public discussion these match ups but the fighter in question has weighed in on them. If the bouts don’t come together right away he has issued a sort of open challenge.

Johnson acquires respect and appreciation from his new organisation and Askren finally gets to prove himself against the talent in the UFC. He won a championship belt in Bellator, ONE FC, and now goes for the trifecta in his new home.

Darragh Kelly
Enthusiastic writer from Dublin. Blackbelt in the nerdiest martial art, Karate. Blogger. Rockclimber. Dreams of writing about sports for a living.
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