KEY POINTS

  • Demetrious Johnson vows to put on a good show when he faces Adriano Moraes on April 7
  • Johnson shrugs off Moraes' verbal jabs before the fight
  • Moraes is not given much of a chance by experts against "Mighty Mouse"

Adriano Moraes knows that most are not giving him much of a chance against Demetrious Johnson when the two collide for the ONE Championship flyweight tile in the main event of “ONE on TNT I” on Apr. 7.

Regardless, this has not stopped Brazilians from firing shots like saying that he is the "G.O.A.T. killer."

Moraes believes he is faster and stronger than Johnson even with odds seemingly stacked against him.

However, this did not sit well with Johnson. For the 34-year-old fighter, he has yet to face someone faster than him in the MMA world and would rather settle that debate when the two of them clash in the cage.

"He believes that he’s faster, stronger. But, ya know, we get a chance to go in there and fight in the cage and see who’s faster or stronger," Johnson said via TMZ.

Johnson is best known for defending the UFC flyweight belt for 11 consecutive fights. He is considered by pundits as one of the best to ever do it alongside popular names that include Jon Jones.

In addition, “Mighty Mouse” is 3-0 since arriving in ONE Championship.

Aside from dominating the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix, there is perhaps nothing better than to prove Moraes wrong and taking the belt from his clutches.

As mentioned in a previous post, personalities like Miesha Tate and Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao feel that Moraes may have his work cut out for him when he faces Johnson.

Tate lauded Moraes for being an outstanding competitor but feels that "Mighty Mouse" will win their showdown at “ONE on TNT I.”

Demetrious Johnson Demetrious Johnson open to fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match. Demetrious Johnson celebrates as he defeats Wilson Reis to win their Flyweight Championship bout on UFC Fight Night at the Sprint Center on April 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo: Getty Images/Jamie Squire

As for Sangiao, he feels Johnson holds a huge advantage over Moraes–particularly in the wrestling department.

As far as the Filipino trainer is concerned, it may all boil down to who would initiate the ground battle first.

“Who’s going to initiate a ground battle first? This may come down to the striking. If so, who’s the better striker? We’ll find out. I just don’t see how Moraes can get past Demetrious’ advantages. I don’t know if he can stop him from doing what he wants,” Sangiao stated.