4 massive things we learned from ONE on Prime Video 1

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A championshipAmazon Prime Video’s debut took place on Friday August 26th and delivered one of the most spectacular events of the year with ONE on Prime Video 1: Moraes vs. Johnson II.

The company’s return to prime time in the United States went all over the place, and the evening ended with Demetrieux Johnson winning the ONE Flyweight World Championship against Adrian Moraes.

With the lights out inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium, it’s time to reflect on the event that dazzled fans the last weekend in August and reflect on what we learned from it.

Here are four exciting things we learned after ONE on Prime Video 1.

ONE is here

The ONE and Prime Video partnership couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. ONE’s arrival on the American scene has been filled with finish after finish between elite martial artists.

The pacing of the event shifted quickly between fights, so there wasn’t a lot of dead space between actions. Fans got a good cross section of sports and athletes. It was exceptionally fun, which the sport should be for fans.

All five main card fights ended in a finish.

After the event, ONE was trending worldwide on Twitter. It ranked #1 in the United States. The sports world was talking about everything that had happened throughout the night. ONE resonated with audiences, and Prime Video’s platform made it easy for fans to locate the promotion.

ONE Prime Video 1 did exactly what it needed to accomplish: getting fans excited about ONE, martial arts, and begging ONE on Prime Video 2.

Johnson is a generational talent

Demetrious Johnson’s mixed martial arts legacy was already defined before ONE on Prime Video 1. He was already considered by many to be the greatest of all time.

But his fourth-round knockout against Adriano Moraes may have closed the door on that argument. “Mighty Mouse” is a once-in-a-generation talent that we should appreciate the same way we appreciate art at the Louvre.

What a masterful performance it was inside the indoor stadium in Singapore. After falling behind due to Moraes’ superior control in the first two rounds, the Washington native began to take over with his striking and movement.

Finally, he stung Moraes with a right-hand lead and followed it up with a spectacular knee. It was yet another landmark finish, and it earned him another major world championship. He is without equal.

Johnson is the greatest of all time. This is now certain.

Muay Thai shines in prime time

One of ONE’s calling cards is the fact that they have put kickboxing, Muay Thai and submission grappling on a larger platform. At ONE on Prime Video 1, Muay Thai took center stage with the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix Semi-Finals and the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Championship Co-Main Event.

In each case, the athletes delivered in a huge way.

Superlek Kiatmoo9 got out Walter Goncalves with a knockout in the first round, and Panpayak Jitmuangnon followed suit with a knockout in the second round of Michael Savvas to organize their last match.

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao went on to show why many considered him the greatest of all time in Muay Thai as he returned Liam Harrisson unable to continue with multiple brutal kicks.

The last three Muay Thai fights on the card have shown why the sport, with four ounce gloves, is one of the most exciting martial arts bar none. The showcases laid the foundation for the future of Muay Thai in the home landscape.

Is Buchecha the best heavyweight in the world?

Multiple BJJ World Champion Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida achieved another smooth finish in the first round in his mixed martial arts career against Kirill Grishenkobut perhaps more importantly, he was able to show off his developing strike.

There is no doubt that he is unparalleled on the pitch just stepping into the Circle. However, as he adds in his strike, he could become the best heavyweight in the world. And it may already be.

It’s not about developing a world-class strike. It will not happen. But his defense can stop others, and his offense could open up opportunities to use his grappling. It already proves that it is.

He has yet to prove the theory correct in his upcoming matches as he nears a title shot, but it’s not a far-fetched claim to suggest he’s the best heavyweight talent in the world. His credentials show loud and clear that he is already part of the elite, and his record to date shows that he is a major player on the scene.



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