Over the past weekend (Sun. October 7, 2017), UFC flyweight champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson became the most successful mixed martial arts (MMA) champion of all time.
Johnson is the only 125-pound champion in the history of the UFC and has defended his title 11 consecutive times successfully. "Mighty Mouse" has defeated the likes of Ian McCall, Joseph Benavidez, Henry Cejudo, and Ray Borg. In the co-main event of UFC 216 on pay-per-view (PPV) this past weekend Johnson pulled off one of the best submission wins in UFC history.
"Mighty Mouse" suplexed Borg in the fifth round and on his way down locked up "The Tazmexican Devil" in an armbar. Borg was able to hold off on tapping out for some time before the pain became too much for him to handle.
With the victory, Johnson snapped former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva's 10 consecutive title defense record. It was one of the most historic submission wins in the history of the UFC.
Johnson recently joined The MMA Hour to discuss his win this past weekend and opened up about pulling off the ridiculous submission MMA fans have seen in some time (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“It’s always been in my back pocket, in my toolbox, but I never try to force submissions,” Johnson said Monday on The MMA Hour. “When you start trying to force things, that’s when you over-extend, you make mistakes. And so for that, it was just the perfect timing, man.
“(Head coach) Matt (Hume) has been working with me on shifting people’s weights when they’re trying to be heavy.
"And then once Ray Borg threw that back elbow, he took his weight off, he went to focus on planting, so I purposefully started kneeing him in the legs, just getting his mind on something else.
"So once he goes, ‘back elbow,’ thank you, you just moved your weight for me, now you just became lighter. Then threw him up and that’s why I was able to execute that.”
What are your thoughts on Johnson's historic submission win over Ray Borg this past weekend? Do you think he is the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time? Or does his lack of competition over the years diminish what he has done inside the cage? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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