After signing with ONE Championship, former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 32, of Parkland, Washington, United States joined EVOLVE Fight Team. It is the official fight team of EVOLVE MMA, a chain of martial arts academies founded in 2009 by ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.
In the first ever trade between the UFC and ONE Championship, Johnson and Ben “Funky” Askren, 34, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA swapped organizations. An EVOLVE Fight Team member, the latter is a former ONE Welterweight World Champion and a former Bellator Welterweight Champion.
Most of the mixed martial artists in EVOLVE Fight Team are signed with ONE Championship. Among them are Michelle Nicolini, 36, of Sao Paulo, Brazil and reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, 22, of Singapore.
Lee’s husband Bruno “Puccibull” Pucci 28, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil is also training out of EVOLVE MMA. He is scheduled to fight “White Dragon” Xie Chao, 26, of Qingzhou, Shandong, China in the featherweight division at “ONE: Warrior’s Dream” at the Stadium Istora in Jakarta, Indonesia on November 17, 2018.
EVOLVE MMA is home to former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong “Kru Rong” Sor Amnuaysirichoke, 39, of Trang, Thailand, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tubikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Shizuoka, Japan and former ONE Cruiserweight World Champion Roger Gracie, 37, of London, England. ONE Championship athletes Jake Butler, 36, of New Jersey, USA and Leandro “Brodinho” Issa, 35, of Ubatuba, Sao Paulo are members of EVOLVE Fight Team, as well.
ONE Championship has yet to announce the details of Johnson’s promotional debut. He currently holds a professional MMA record of 27 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw.
Johnson has been competing professionally since 2007 and he was undefeated until early 2010. His first professional MMA loss was at “WEC” on April 24, 2010 to Brad “One Punch” Pickett, 40, of London via unanimous decision.
As the UFC Flyweight Champion, Johnson successfully defended the title 11 times. In his last bout in the UFC, he was dethroned by Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo, 31, of Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Here are Johnson and Cejudo in their post-fight interviews in the UFC octagon: