MMA, martial arts

Demetrious Johnson, Miesha Tate, Rich Franklin, Mitch Chilson visit Southwest Boys and Girls Club in Seattle

 

ONE Championship held a special meet-and-greet session at the Southwest Boys and Girls Club in Seattle, Washington, United States on February 25, 2019. ONE Championship athlete Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 32, attended the event along with mixed martial arts legends Rich “Ace” Franklin, 44, and Miesha “Cupcake” Tate, 32, and commentator Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson, 40.

“I am very excited to make my ONE Championship debut,” Johnson said. “I feel as though the organization represents the true values of martial arts which I really take pride in, like being humble and respectful. ONE Championship is everything that is great about martial arts.”

“Even in events like this, where I get to visit the children at the Southwest Boys and Girls Club and share with them the benefits of martial arts in people’s lives, it’s an honor for me to be able to do this,” Johnson added. “We’re about a month out to Tokyo, and I’m excited to face Yuya Wakamatsu. I think he’s a very tough, well-rounded opponent and it should be a good test for me.”

 

Hailing from Kirkland, Washington, Johnson is a 12-time Flyweight World Champion with a professional record of 27 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw. With a highly-technical style and world-class skills, he has dominated his division for the past seven years and during this span, Johnson captured the Flyweight World Title and ran up a win streak of 13 bouts since 2012.

Today, Johnson is widely considered one of the best MMA fighters in the world pound-for-pound. He now looks to continue his legendary career in the world’s largest martial arts organization, ONE Championship.

A multiple-time MMA World Champion, Franklin is the Vice President of ONE Championship and CEO of the highly acclaimed ONE Warrior Series. He made his professional MMA debut on June 19, 1999, defeating his opponent via first-round knockout.

Eventually, Franklin captured the Middleweight World Title in 2005 and successfully defended the belt twice. In a span of just a little over a decade of competing at the highest level, he has become an absolute legend, defeating some of the sport’s biggest names including Ken Shamrock, Evan Tanner, Nate Quarry, Yushin Okami, Travis Lutter, Wanderlei Silva, and Chuck Liddell, among others.

In November 2018, Tate joined ONE Championship as Vice President. A former multiple-time Women’s Bantamweight World Champion, she is a pioneer of women’s MMA and is one of the biggest and most recognizable names in the martial arts industry.

Tate began her martial arts journey as a wrestler at Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma, Washington. She experienced a successful amateur career, even winning a State Championship during her senior year in 2005.

As a professional MMA fighter, Tate had notable victories over Liz Carmouche, Sara McMann, Jessica Eye, and Holly Holm. Following her time in the cage, she later became a broadcast analyst.

Chilson is one of the commentators and hosts of ONE Championship. As a professional MMA fighter, he competed in the promotion from 2012 to 2013.

On March 31, 2019, Johnson will make his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: A New Era”  at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. He will compete in the quarter-final round of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix against Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu, 24, of Japan.

Meanwhile, here are Johnson, Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez and reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee during their recent open workout in Tokyo:

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