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Heavy favorite Demetrious Johnson not taking Japanese foe lightly in 1st ONE fight

/ 05:32 PM March 29, 2019

Demetrious Johnson is making his debut in ONE Championship.

TOKYO, Japan—Demetrious Johnson is undeniably the overwhelming pick when he makes his keenly-awaited debut for ONE Championship against Yuya Wakamatsu on Sunday night.

But despite being heavily favored, Johnson vowed to guard himself against complacency.

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“I’m not taking Yuya Wakamatsu lightly. I just want to go out there and do what I do best, be the best Demetrious Johnson I can be,” he said during a press conference Thursday.

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Johnson and Wakamatsu mix it up in a Flyweight World Grand Prix quarterfinal as part of a mouth-watering fight card in ONE’s inaugural show in Japan.

The 32-year-old Johnson owns a 27-3 record and has never been stopped throughout his career.

Counted out, Wakamatsu aims to deliver a big-time upset against one of the top pound-for-pound fighters ever.

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Wakamatsu’s resume may be nowhere near Johnson’s but the hard-hitting Japanese has shown he has knockout power to overcome a seemingly insurmountable hurdle.

“This is the next step in my evolution as an athlete. It should be interesting. For me it’s a long time coming, fighting in front of my Japanese fan base,” Johnson said.

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