Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson has been recognized yet again for his tremendous achievements inside the UFC cage — and is finally, perhaps, starting to get the recognition he deserves.
Demetrious Johnson got another feather added to his already decorated crown recently, as he was elected as the 36th most dominating athlete by Business Insider. Mighty Mouse was one of two mixed martial artists to be featured on the list, the other being Conor McGregor. The reigning and defending UFC flyweight champion hasn’t been defeated for over half a decade, and is currently on a twelve fight winning streak.
Interestingly, Johnson was listed above fellow MMA fighter and current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. The Notorious one has been the talk of the combat sports world of late thanks to his upcoming boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. Yet this selection by Business Insider reinforces the point that Demetrious Johnson is indeed the number one pound-for-pound MMA fighter, especially when coupled with his recent ESPY win. Not surprisingly, Johnson was the highest ranked male professional fighter on the list.
Business Insider’s write up on Mighty Mouse is succinct, stating that
“Demetrious Johnson is the first, current, and only Flyweight Champion in the history of the UFC, a title he has held since 2012. Johnson holds the longest title reign in all of UFC, having put the title on the line 10 times and successfully defended against every challenger. In a sport that has seen seemingly unbeatable heroes like Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey fall, Johnson remains a constant force.”
Of course, it omits the fact that Johnson has a promotional record of ten title defenses, but is still in the hunt to take sole possession of the record. He currently shares the distinction with Brazillian legend Anderson Silva, who successfully defended his middleweight title ten times after winning the belt in 2006.
Mighty Mouse will try to break “The Spider’s” record on September 9 at UFC 215 in Edmonton when he locks horns against rising contender Ray Borg. Until then, it seems that Johnson is finally turning the tide and winning another battle: one for recognition, even over the likes of a superstar at the level of McGregor.