UFC® 178 is officially in the books and that brings us to another installment of our UFC® Series: Meet the Champions. It's only fitting that our series continues on with the man who's defended his title for a seventh time, Demetrious Johnson.
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Johnson has had a superb 2014, with two successful title defenses under his belt (pun intended) in less than six months. The flyweight champ has treated UFC VIP Experience guests to personal visits before and we can't wait to tell you more about Mighty Mouse!
10 Fun Facts
- Johnson is the consensus #3 pound-for-pound fighter as ranked by UFC.com.
- Mighty Mouse is the first flyweight champion in UFC® history.
- The Dark Knight: Johnson's favorite superhero is Batman.
- Johnson has the first kimura submission finish in a UFC® championship fight.
- Johnson's seven wins now puts him at the third longest win streak (active).
- “We were training, I’m the smallest guy in the gym, and there’s a lot of big guys. I’m just going after them like it ain’t nothing, Mighty Mouse is short in stature, I have big ears -- my ears stick out and my structure is compact. The nickname ‘Mighty Mouse’ just landed with me, it just stuck and everybody seems to like it.”
- Johnson was part of the first 125 lbs. fight in the UFC, fighting Ian McCall at UFC on FX 2.
- He was named the 2013 Fighter of the Year by FoxSports.com.
- Bonuses include: two FOTN, one KOTN and one SOTN.
- The champ was a multi-sport athlete in high school, including wrestling.
Fight Style and Records
Demetrious Johnson purses two things: victory and perfection. He's already accomplished his pursuit of the first, he's still seeking the second.
Johnson has incredible speed, footwork, wrestling, and conditioning. His ability to finish fights in a variety of ways is apparent with his collection of bonuses and his record 21-2-1.
Mighty Mouse spent some time in summer 2014 training in Singapore with Evolve MMA, but his regular trainer is Matt Hume. Johnson and his camp have expressed interest in fighting Dominick Cruz and potentially moving to bantamweight, solidifying him as one of the greatest fighters of all time.
What's next for the champ? Who do you think he should fight next in the flyweight division? Is it time to start training for a move to bantamweight? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
See The Champs Live
While it has not been announced who Johnson is taking on next, champions who have been featured in our series in the past have an opportunity to defend their belt in the upcoming months. In case you missed an installment:
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