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ONE Championship fighter Demetrious Johnson loves wagyu beef in Tokyo, Japan

Demetrious Johnson (© ONE Championship)

Demetrious Johnson (© ONE Championship)

American mixed martial artist Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 32, will be in Tokyo, Japan soon and it appears that fighting Japanese fighter Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu, 24, is not the only thing he is looking forward to. The former UFC Flyweight Champion also cannot wait to enjoy his stay in the city including the food.

“Tokyo, Japan is beautiful it is my third time to visit here,” Johnson said. “The food is amazing. The wagyu beef is fascinating and I love it.”

Wagyu is a breed of Japanese cattle. Typically, the tender beef obtained from the cattle contains a high percentage of unsaturated fat.

There are four breeds of wagyu namely Kuroge Washu or Japanese Black, Mukaku Washu or Japanese Polled, Akage Washu or Akaushi or Japanese Brown and Nihon Tankaku Washu or Japanese Shorthorn. Around 90 percent of all fattened cattle in Japan are Japanese Black. 

Tokyo has several restaurants that serve the best wagyu beef dishes. Among them are Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511 and Ninja Akasaka in Roppongi, a district of Minato in Tokyo.

On January 21, 2019, Johnson was in Tokyo with Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez and reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee. The three conducted an open seminar and meet and greet for “ONE: A New Era” at Gold’s Gym South Tokyo Annex.

Marking ONE Championship’s Japan debut, “ONE: A New Era” will take place at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on March 31, 2019. One of the matches is between Johnson and Wakamatsu in the quarter-final round of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix.

“I’ve been watching Japanese mixed martial arts for a very long time and that’s what I grew up watching,” Johnson said. “I’m very excited because I have never competed overseas before and obviously doing it in Japan is fantastic.”

Johnson is excited to be one of the forerunners for Japanese mixed martial arts for ONE Championship in the coming years. Having conquered the North American market, he wants to see how much he hangs with the Asian athletes.

Here are Johnson, Lee and Alvarez during their recent open workout in Tokyo:

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