Being only 5'3 and 135 pounds before his weight cut takes place, if you came across Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson on the street, chances are you wouldn't think much of him. Nor would you believe he is actually one of the best mixed martial artists to ever grace the octagon.
This, along with his soft-spoken personality and extremely likeable character, he is also one of the most deceiving people in MMA today. Many respected critics in the sport believe there has never been anyone who can put together the combinations Johnson does while keeping his speed, timing and technique as close to perfect as one can get.
When you put all this together and then realise he has one of the best coaches in the game, Matt Hume, it really is a force of nature that no one in the Flyweight division of the UFC has got even nearly close to stopping. His last loss was an extremely close unanimous decision to Bantamweight king Dominick "The Dominator" Cruz.
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Johnson then dropped 10 pounds to take part in the inaugural UFC Flyweight tournament where he drew his semi-final with Ian McCall. He dominated McCall in the rematch though and went on to win in the final against his would-be rival Joseph Benavidez. Since then, "Mighty Mouse" has fought eight times and beaten every single person put in front of him. Some he made look easy, some were a little tougher. The outcome, though, has been the same each time.
During the run that he's been on he has taken out eight number one contenders including Olympic Gold Medallist, Henry "The Messenger" Cejudo and a bonafide knockout artist John Dodson who actually dropped Johnson in the first round but went on to lose a unanimous decision after being dominated by the champ in four out of five rounds. What Johnson has done since his first fight at Flyweight really has been nothing short of incredible and it doesn't look like anyone has the tools to take his crown.
Of course, you could make the argument that Jon Jones, the youngest champion in the history of the UFC or the longest reigning UFC champ Anderson "The Spider" Silva are the greatest mixed martial artists of all time but in essence, this is a game of opinions - and in my opinion, no one possesses the speed, timing, technique and puts it all together in the way "Mighty Mouse" does.
He may not have the same pay-per-view numbers or the same draw as the likes of Conor McGregor or Ronda Rousey but in terms of skill and talent, he sores way above anyone else in the sport right now.
We are all going to have different opinions and have our favourite athletes in MMA and other sport but to all the ridiculously brave and courageous men and women who put their health at risk just to entertain people like us, I sincerely thank you!
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