UFC legend Demetrious Johnson to compete in bonkers ‘special rules’ bout where fighting style changes every round

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FUTURE UFC Hall-of-Famer Demetrious Johnson will face Muay Thai phenom Rodtang Jitmuangnon in a modified MMA match-up.

Mighty Mouse will lock horns with Rodtang at a selected ONE Championship occasion on December 5.

Demetrious Johnson shall be as soon as extra in motion at ONE X on December 5Credit: ONE Championship
Mighty Mouse will face Muay Thai phenom Rodtang in a special rules bout
Mighty Mouse will face Muay Thai phenom Rodtang in a selected ideas boutCredit: ONE CHAMPIONSHIP

And the rivals will carry out a novel ruleset in order for every males to showcase their expertise.

The four-rounder – which could carry out the principle occasion of the ONE X occasion – will carry out alternating 4 and three-minute rounds.

The first round will happen beneath Muay Thai ideas, with the second then falling beneath the blended martial arts ruleset.

The third, ought to the battle go that extended, will see the rivals return to Muay Thai ideas, with the fourth and supreme stanza seeing the rivals return to MMA.

ONE Championship boss Chatri Sityodtong launched the precise ideas bout all by means of an look on The MMA Hour earlier this week.

He educated Ariel Helwani: “Basically, they every talked about sure immediately.

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“I think they thought about it for a few hours, but both replied the same day.”

Chatri is relishing the match-up, saying: “It’s so intriguing.

“Rodtang has three minutes to strive to knock out DJ, nevertheless when DJ survives, there’s quite a lot of stress on him, on account of Rodtang then has to survive three minutes of DJ’s explosive wrestling and submissions.

“DJ might be not gonna strike with him.”

He added: “It’s gonna be such a actually PRIDE-style, back-to-the-old-days battle.

“We wished to do one issue express, one issue gratifying that will commemorate martial arts in a method that celebrates all of MMA and its historic earlier, not merely our 10-year historic earlier.

“We’ve in no way achieved this crossover stuff, it’s similar to the old fashioned days of Asian MMA.

“It’s gonna be our largest and most unusual present in the historic earlier of our company.

“It’s gonna be something crazy fun for fans all over the world.”

Johnson – who’s considered by many to be the most effective blended martial artist of all time – hasn’t set foot contained in the cage since dropping the ONE flyweight title to Adriano Moraes in April.

Rodtang, in the meantime, hasn’t fought since his unanimous choice victory over New Zealand’s Danial Williams at ONE on TNT 1 in April.

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