Adriano Moraes vs. Demetrious Johnson II headlines ONE 161 card


In the headliner, ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes seeks another victory over mixed martial arts legend Demetrious Johnson. This time Johnson will be a tougher opponent as he already has all the information regarding Moraes’ game. Meanwhile, another victory over ‘Mighty Mouse’ will solidify ‘Mikinho’s title reign.

The co-main event will see ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao defend his belt against British striker Liam Harrison. Since coming out of retirement in April 2018, Nong-O has enjoyed an eight-fight winning streak and looked invincible in every contest.

However, he can’t underestimate “Hitman”, mainly because he has the punching power to score an early end. Harrison proved this prowess by knocking out Muangthai PK.Saenchai, despite being knocked down twice in the first round himself.

The display propelled Harrison into the division’s top contender rankings and earned him a US$100,000 bonus. More importantly, he gets a shot at longtime ONE World Champion, who has been a dominant force with over 260 career wins.

Also included on the card is the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix Semi-Final between ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon and Savvas Michael of Cyprus. There is also an alternate Grand Prix fight between former ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Jonathan Haggerty and Amir Naseri.

After withdrawing from the tournament due to health reasons, Haggerty still hopes to be a part of it by winning against the Malaysian-Iranian fighter.

The main card of ONE 161 is completed with two pairs of heavy mixed martial arts. Seventeen-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida is looking to maintain his unblemished record in The Home of Martial Arts against former ONE World Title challenger Kirill Grishenko. Mauro Cerilli is also eager to get back in the title hunt with a victory over Amir Aliakbari.

Meanwhile, the main card will feature an atomic weight MMA contest between Itsuki Hirata and Lin Heqin. Amber Kitchen and Diandra Martin will also be competing in a Muay Thai wrestling weight contest.

Here is the main board for ONE 161:

• (c) Adriano Moraes vs. Demetrious Johnson (ONE world flyweight title)

• (c) Nong-O Gaiyanghadao vs. Liam Harrison (ONE Muay Thai bantamweight world title)

• Rodtang Jitmuangnon vs. Savvas Michael (World Flyweight Grand Prix semi-final)

• Marcus Almeida vs. Kirill Grishenko (MMA – heavyweight)

• Amir Aliakbari against Mauro Cerilli (MMA – heavyweight)

• Amir Naseri vs Jonathan Haggerty (World Flyweight Grand Prix alternate)

And here is the main card for ONE 161: Moraes Vs. Johnson II

• Itsuki Hirata vs. Lin Heqin (MMA – female atomic weight)

• Diandra Martin vs. Amber Kitchen (Muay Thai – catchweight 128 lbs)

Source: press release


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