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Demetrious Johnson Ready For The High Expectations In One Championship

Demetrious Johnson has yet to have a debut bout announced in One Championship, but he understands the lofty expectations that accompanied his high-profile signing and is facing them head-on.
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Dana White Believes Demetrious Johnson Didn’t Get “The Love And The Respect” he Deserved From Fans…

Many folks have argued that Demetrious Johnson never received the fanfare he should have, during his historic run with the UFC, and Dana White has echoed that sentiment.

As you’ve almost certainly heard by now, recently it was confirmed that Johnson’s headed to ONE Championship, in exchange for undefeated welterweight, Ben Askren. The move comes not long after Johnson’s historic reign as flyweight champ was ended by Henry Cejudo, this past August.

Well, recently TMZ caught up with White, and when asked about Johnson’s departure, the UFC President said this (quote via MMA Fighting):

“If you look at it, the kid broke the record for the most title defenses (11),” White said. “I feel like he never really got the love and the respect that he deserved from the fans. I don’t know if he was always thrilled being here. So hopefully he’s a lot happier where he’s headed now. His longtime trainer and coach [Matt Hume] is an executive over there, so maybe he’ll be happier over there.”

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Demetrious Johnson Excited for Next Phase of Career as ‘True Martial Artist’ in One

Demetrious Johnson has always fancied himself as a true martial artist.
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Report: UFC & ONE Championship Discussing Demetrious Johnson For Ben Askren Trade…

Just when you thought this month couldn’t get any more interesting, in terms of MMA news, it’s being reported that the UFC and ONE Championship are working on a Demetrious Johnson – Ben Askren trade…

Yes, following an initial discussion about the swap on MMA Junkie Radio, ESPN  is reporting that multiple sources have confirmed that the trade is close to being finalized. Johnson would be released from the UFC, so he can sign with ONE, and Askren would do the opposite.

Askren has repeatedly talked about his wish to fight the UFC’s top stars, like Georges St-Pierre, and Johnson’s longtime coach, Matt Hume, is ONE’s vice president of operations. Johnson’s teammate, and jiu-jitsu instructor, Bibiano Fernandes, is also ONE’s bantamweight champ.

Obviously this would be an historic event, if it indeed, transpires.

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The UFC Might Be Trading Demetrious Johnson for Ben Askren

Former flyweight king Demetrious Johnson’s tenure in the UFC might soon be over.

According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, there is a very high likelihood that “Mighty Mouse” is going to be traded to ONE Championship in exchange for Ben Askren. Which… traded? That’s actually never really been done before at this level.

If you’ll recall, Askren was one of Bellator’s first champs, is undefeated in 19 career fights, and has been spending the last few years clobbering everyone put before him the Asian-based promotion. He’s also been very outspoken about how he could never come to terms with the UFC.

Johnson ruled the flyweight roost for years, but he was never able to spark fan interest, so the division has stagnated. Unfortunately, even though Henry Cejudo is now the champ, it’s possible the UFC will scrap the division when Johnson leaves. We’ll have to wait and see on that one.

Here’s the ESPN scoop:

The UFC and ONE Championship are close to finalizing what could be considered the first major trade in mixed martial arts history.

According to multiple sources, there is a proposed deal on the table for the UFC to release former flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson from his contract in order to allow him to sign with ONE. In return, ONE will release former welterweight champion Ben Askren from his contract so he can finally join the UFC.

Sources say the “trade” isn’t finalized just yet, however, it has been discussed at length and is categorized by multiple sources as close to getting done. All parties involved are hopeful it will be finalized soon.

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UFC to Trade Demetrious Johnson to One Championship in Exchange for Ben Askren

The first mixed martial arts trade in the sport’s history is nearly a done deal, as the UFC will send Demetrious Johnson to One Championship in exchange for Ben Askren.
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UFC to Trade Demetrious Johnson to One Championship in Exchange for Ben Askren

The first mixed martial arts trade in the sport’s history is nearly a done deal, as the UFC will send Demetrious Johnson to One Championship in exchange for Ben Askren.
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UFC to Trade Demetrious Johnson to One Championship in Exchange for Ben Askren

The first mixed martial arts trade is nearly a done deal, as the UFC will send Demetrious Johnson to One Championship in exchange for Ben Askren.
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Henry Cejudo Wants T.J. Dillashaw First, Then Demetrious Johnson Rematch

Moments after capturing the Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight title last month at UFC 227, Henry Cejudo called out the winner of the preceding bantamweight bout between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt.
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‘Neglected’ Henry Cejudo Had Chip on Shoulder After First Loss to Demetrious Johnson

During his streak of 11 consecutive flyweight title defenses, Demetrious Johnson rarely lost rounds as he usually outclassed every opponent put in front of him.
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