Reece McLaren, Going for Broke

It’s been a full year since Reece McLaren became the No. 1 contender in One Championship’s flyweight division, but injuries, an interim championship and the recently announced flyweight tournament have put some distance between him and the world title he’s spent his entire adult life chasing. A former bantamweight who came within a hair’s reach of lifting that division’s strap back in December 2016, McLaren made the move down to flyweight in 2017 and has since rattled off three straight victories. He’ll need three more if he wants to win the tournament and bring the title back home to Brisbane, Australia. And that would, in all likelihood, entail beating the man many believe to be the great mixed martial artist of all time in Demetrious Johnson.

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