Demetrious Johnson’s next ONE Championship Flyweight Grand Prix opponent confirmed

On Friday night in Manila, Philippines, Tatsumitsu Wada (21-10-2) defeated Gustavo Balart (8-1) and advanced to the semi-finals of the ONE Championship Flyweight Grand Prix.

All three judges scored the bout in favor of the Japanese mixed martial artist but the decision has proven to be controversial. Balart appeared to be the more effective of the two fighters in all three rounds. He used his patented forward blitz to close the distance and unload fast and powerful punches. He also scored with plenty of well-timed leg kicks throughout the bout. Wada had his moments too, but they were few and far between.

With his unanimous decision win against Balart, Wada has earned a three-round bout with former UFC champion Demetrious Johnson.

Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (28-3-1) recently moved forward to the semi-final round after he submitted Yuya Wakamatsu (10-4) with a brilliant guillotine choke at ONE: A New Era in Tokyo, Japan. Johnson was tested by the 24-year-old at times in the first round and it wasn’t exactly the walkover that many fans had anticipated before the event.

The other ONE Flyweight Grand Prix semi-final bout will see former ONE flyweight champion Kairat Akhmetov go head-to-head with former title challenger Danny Kingad.

The event and dates of these two flyweight bouts are yet to be announced.

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By: Jake Nichols

UFC Star Eyes Video Game Career When Done Fighting

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UFC flyweight champ Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson is already working hard on his post-fighting career.

Playing video games.

Johnson’s been streaming his gameplay to Twitch — a video platform that allows players to watch others or to stream their own gameplay — for a while now, getting in 15 hours a week or so under the username mightymouseufc125.

Call it on-the-job training, because he’s looking to go full-time when his UFC days are done. And laugh all you want, but know this; 1. He can almost certainly kick your butt; and 2. There’s some real money to be made there.

One of the lesser-known aspects of eSports and pro gaming is that a lot of players rely on steady income from streaming their gameplay, as the big paydays at eSports events are rare (and not guaranteed). Popular streamers can make thousands per month, both in revenue sharing with Twitch and through donations from the people watching them play.

Johnson discussed it at length on the Three Amigos podcast (you can listen here or read the transcript at Bloody Elbow).

From the interview;

I heard you could watch people play videogames, and that’s how I discovered Twitch. This is when I had Tyren, who is now two and a half years old. I would rock him to sleep at night, and he would take a while, so I downloaded the Twitch app to watch. I saw guys playing games I grew up with like Mega Man X and Zelda: Ocarina of Time. So after some time I started streaming some games on my PS4. I’d have like two viewers in there as I played Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn.

Next thing you know, my wife was like, ‘You should get into it baby, what do you want to do after you’re done fighting? Why don’t you try streaming?’ Then Twitch reached out to me and told me everything I needed to get to be a serious streamer. All of the credit goes to my wife, she’s the one who suggested I do it. I decided if I was going to do it, I had to be 100% in. I didn’t want to do it half-assed and try to stream from my PS4 or Xbox One, so I bought a computer and she was all in, so I was like, ‘Let’s do it.’

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