ONE Championship held a worldwide conference call with Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 32, of Kirkland, Washington, United States on October 29, 2018. The former UFC Flyweight Champion expressed how excited he is to travel to Asia.
“At the end of the day, I feel that I am very young in my career and I wanted to try something different,” Johnson stated. “I’ve always wanted to travel the world and compete. I think ONE is a fantastic organization that represents incredible values, things that I also love to represent about this sport.”
The former UFC Flyweight Champion was traded from the UFC to ONE Championship in exchange for former ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren, 34, of Phoenix, Arizona, United States. The deal is the first of its kind in mixed martial arts history.
Currently, Johnson holds a professional MMA record of 27 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw. With a highly-technical style and world-class skills, Johnson has dominated his division for the past six years, during which he captured the flyweight world title and ran up a win streak of 13 bouts since 2012.
Today, Johnson is widely considered the best MMA in the world pound-for-pound. Now a ONE Championship athlete, he wants to continue his legendary career in the world’s largest martial arts organization.
The news of Johnson’s signing comes on the heels of former UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie “The Underground King”Alvarez, 34, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States joining ONE Championship. The organization’s roster is the most talent-rich martial arts roster in the industry including world champions from mixed martial arts, Muay Thai, kickboxing and boxing, among others.
ONE Championship has the largest collection of martial arts world champions in the world, including the biggest names in the industry across the full spectrum of martial arts. Among them are ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee, ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, kickboxing superstar Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan, Muay Thai legend Yodsanklai Fairtex and World Boxing Council Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.
Meanwhile, here is ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong inviting Manny Pacquiao to compete in the organization: