Demetrious Johnson is still arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the entire UFC right now, he's that good.
However, not many people know who he is, and despite being completely dominant and a Champion, he played second fiddle to the Jon Jones - Ovince St. Preux match at UFC 197, fighting second to last on the card behind a non-title fight.
The UFC will be looking to turn that around, however, as they have just penned 'Mighty Mouse' to a new eight-fight contract that keeps him locked to the promotion for a while yet.
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"I've signed a new eight-fight deal, I'm very excited to announce that," Johnson said on Monday's edition of The Fighting Hour. "I think there's great things to come in the future."
Following his victory over Henry Cejudo at UFC 197, the eighth successful retention of his UFC flyweight title, Johnson had two fights left on his old contract with the promotion.
Rather than try to draw a bidding war out of the likes of Bellator and other competitors around the world, Johnson decided he was happy where he is right now.
"I think when fighters do that, they want to see what they're worth, but at the same time, if they negotiate with the UFC, and they get what they like, there's no point going and testing free agency," Johnson said.
"And the thing is, even Rampage Jackson said it before, nobody treats you better than the UFC."
While it has been a struggle to turn Johnson into a bonafide star, the tide has been turning as of late, with more stories, profiles, and laudations about the 29-year-old coming out than ever before.
Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta have stood by Mighty Mouse and are confident he can still become one of the real big stars of the UFC.
"Dana White's like ‘dude, go out there and win your fight and everything else will take care of itself,'" said Johnson, who has been UFC champion since September 2012.
"A long time ago I was in Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta's office talking to him and he was like Lorenzo was like, ‘you're so f*cking dominant, we need to make people believe you can lose and tune in."
"Dana White was just like, keep on winning, Anderson Silva didn't [become a star] til he fought Chael Sonnen and had that five round war and the rematch."
Johnson is closing in on Anderson Silva's record of 10 title defenses. If he breaks, then there will be no doubting his star power.
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