- Adriano Moraes feels he can beat Deiveson Figueiredo in a ONE Championship vs. UFC crossover bout
- Moraes factors out his compatriot’s weak spot in jiu-jitsu
- The Brazilian champion maintains respect for former foe Demerious Johnson
Adriano Moraes, the reigning flyweight king of ONE Championship, is contemporary off scoring probably the most vital victory of his skilled profession.
The 32-year-old veteran from Brazil authored a shocking second-round knockout of legendary flyweight Demetrious Johnson final April, turning into the primary man to complete the American inside the space.
However already, he’s wanting ahead to the prospect of larger and higher fights.
A press release made by ONE Championship head honcho Chatri Sityodtong concerning the thought of a cross-promotional card just lately made rounds on social media.
Sityodtong declared that he was open to internet hosting an enormous ONE Championship vs. UFC mega occasion, pitting his promotion’s world champions in opposition to the easiest of the UFC.
Reacting to the assertion, Moraes shared what he thinks would occur if he fought UFC flyweight titleholder and compatriot Deiveson Figueiredo.
“Deiveson Figueiredo is a real Brazilian warrior. He’s very sturdy and has unimaginable knockout energy. He additionally has that ‘Marajoara’ combating model that has confirmed problematic. However I feel his weak spot is his jiu-jitsu,” Moraes informed Worldwide Enterprise Occasions.
“If I combat Deiveson, I might use my timing to smash him, wrestle him, and end him with my jiu-jitsu. Whether or not it’s by submission or by knockout, I imagine I’ll win.”
Moraes is likely one of the most dominant world champions on the ONE Championship roster. He’s crushed the likes of Geje Eustaquio and Kairat Akhmetov in addition to high abilities corresponding to Danny Kingad and Riku Shibuya to amass a 19-3 report.
His stunning victory over Johnson is by all accounts thought-about a monumental upset and the spotlight of his prizefighting run to date.
However Moraes believes he would achieve success wherever. He’s assured he might signify ONE Championship in a showdown with the UFC, if it have been to occur.
“I feel I confirmed in my final combat that I can beat anybody on this sport. I might be a UFC champion if I used to be within the UFC,” Moraes said.
Whereas Johnson wasn’t capable of cross paths with Figueiredo earlier than the American left the UFC in 2018, many followers felt that “Mighty Mouse” was nonetheless the perfect flyweight expertise on the planet when he joined ONE Championship and would have crushed the Brazilian if that they had met contained in the Octagon.
It’s a sentiment Moraes actually agrees with.
“I feel DJ is simply an general higher fighter. He’s a wiser fighter, for certain. So I might have favored DJ to win by determination or submission,” Moraes mentioned.
“DJ is a legend. We had an ideal combat, however he’ll at all times be a legend. He’s nonetheless top-of-the-line on this weight class and a tricky out for anyone.”