The Interview: Miesha Tate, Rich Franklin and Demetrious Johnson

February 25, 2019

I had the chance to attend the first of three ONE Championship media events here in the United States.  This ‘meet and greet’ took place at the Southwest Boys & Girls Club in Seattle, Washington.  Prior to the event I had the opportunity to talk with Demetrious Johnson, Rich Franklin and Miesha Tate.

One point of clarification from the DJ portion of the interview, Johnson states that ONE Championship is seen by 200 million viewers.  The actual number is 20 million as pointed out by ONE Championship PR staff.

Also, I end the interview with Miesha Tate by saying we look forward to ONE Championship in the U.S.  Of course, I mean watching it on B/R App and/or Turner Sports as there is no scheduled ONE Championship events in the U.S.

Johnson takes on Yuya Wakamatsu in the opening round of the ONE Championship Flyweight World Grand Prix tournament on March 31st.  Also on the card, Eddie Alvarez debuts taking on Timofey Natsyukhin.  The event takes place at Ryogoku Kokugikan near Tokyo, Japan.

With ONE Championship announcer Mitch Chilson (and Seattle native) as the emcee, Johnson, Franklin and Tate spoke to the kids at the Boys and Girls club on their background, overcoming obstacles growing up and fielding questions.  They also took pictures with the kids and signed autographs.

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