MMA: Johnson relishes new goals at one

Demetrious Johnson could make his One debut in January or February.
Demetrious Johnson could make his One debut in January or February.PHOTO: ONE CHAMPIONSHIP

One possible challenge for MMA star is to be promotion's first cross-discipline champion

The allure of new achievements with One Championship was what lured Demetrious Johnson, one of the greatest mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters of all time, to the Singapore-based promotion from American juggernaut Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Johnson, who was the UFC's flyweight (up to 57kg) champion for 2,142 days, said: "I've accomplished everything I could there (in the UFC). I defended the belt 11 times. I've won fights in every way you can possibly think off - knockouts, submissions you've never seen before.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2018, with the headline 'Johnson relishes new goals at one'. Print Edition | Subscribe