ONE X: Demetrious Johnson Chokes Out Rodtang in Special Rules Fight

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Rodtang and Demetrious Johnson, ONE XRodtang and Demetrious Johnson, ONE X face-off Credit: ONE Championship

One of the astir absorbing combat sports mash-ups successful years went down astatine Saturday’s ONE X successful Singapore.

It’s just to accidental that Demterious Johnson vs. Rodtang was a spectacle seldom seen successful nonrecreational fighting; without hyperbole, the bout was 1 of the astir anticipated of 2022.

On paper, the format was fundamentally unheard of: 4 rounds, 2 successful Muay Thai, 2 successful MMA, utilizing 4 ounce MMA gloves throughout. The benignant of matchmaking that rivals similar the UFC would ne'er imagination of making.

Rodtang was a combatant astatine the highest of his carnal prowess. “Mighty Mouse,” albeit coming disconnected a nonaccomplishment against Adriano Moraes, was inactive considered by galore the top flyweight of each time. For a combat that had nary existent meaning successful presumption of championships oregon divisional rankings, the value of the contention successful presumption of bequest was inactive high.

Rodtang pressed the enactment disconnected the opening bell, firing immoderate dense punches — and Johnson instantly tied him up. It astir looked similar Johnson was looking for a takedown, but the ref separated them.

Johnson past recovered himself connected the extracurricular again, circling retired of harm’s mode portion nether attack, and occasionally moving to the incorrect side, into the Muay Thai champ’s power. Rodtang continued walking him down, with Johnson occasionally firing backmost with abbreviated combos. The archetypal fractional of the circular was fundamentally each Rodtang, however, arsenic Johnson struggled with the ruleset. The 2nd fractional saw Johnson a small much settled, but helium was inactive nether occurrence much often than not.

Moving to the MMA ruleset successful circular two, it was Rodtang connected his heels, portion Johnson stayed patient. Finally, helium recovered an opening, ducking a punch and changing levels for a takedown. He’d extremity up taking the backmost with Rodtang connected his knees; Johnson pulled him down, moving connected a choke. Rodtang fought the hands, but aft Johnson re-adjusted, the striker went to sleep!

Official Result: Demetrious Johnson def. Rodtang by method submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2, 2:13