The stigma that’s been puzzlingly positioned over the top of flyweight king Demetrious Johnson like a rain cloud for many of his historic title reign appears completely blasphemous at this level.
At UFC 216, Johnson broke Anderson Silva’s report for title defenses by a UFC champion (eleven), recording his seventh end through the streak to turn into the winningest champion in firm historical past.
That stigma – that Demetrious Johnson is a boring fighter – is full nonsense. It was by no means true. “Mighty Mouse” was simply forward of his time, and towards Ray Borg, he was a couple of steps forward as soon as once more. The end got here by submission when, within the fifth spherical after dominating the battle to that time, Johnson suplexed Borg excessive within the air earlier than timing a bounce mid-suplex to lock on an armbar in mid-air.
Johnson someway managed to finish the primary-of-its-sort submission, providing a very legendary second in a profession that may in the future be remembered as iconic.
A bonus that comes with being one of the best fighter on the planet is that Johnson has an uncanny potential to interrupt down his brilliance within the aftermath.
“I don’t present any of my coaching. It’s none of your guys’ enterprise what I’m doing within the health club. … I used to be training throwing individuals up (earlier than this struggle) – I do it on a regular basis within the health club,” Johnson stated. “Ray Borg was like, ‘I’m gonna out-scramble DJ and get on prime of him.’ And even when he took me down I used to be like, ‘OK, you took me down. Are you gonna cross guard? No.’
“Then I elevated him and acquired again up and I used to be like, ‘OK, you took me down. That was the most effective alternative you had. After which once I had his again he was very planted. … When he shifted he went to throw an elbow and I used to be like, ‘Acquired you.’ That’s once I threw him up and landed the armbar.”
That’s additionally when Johnson turned immortalized eternally.
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Ferguson extends streak; hoists interim belt
The boxing was there at occasions for Kevin Lee, as was the wrestling benefit and even the velocity early on. However in the long run, it was Tony Ferguson’s expertise and depth that allowed him to increase win streak to 10 in a row and seize the coveted interim light-weight strap.
Lee defined after the bout that he underestimated Ferguson’s jiu jitsu off his again. Heading into the battle I requested Lee what he considered Ferguson’s confirmed capacity on the bottom and he thought he’d shut him down on the canvas.
“El Cucuy” stated he needed to be taken down so he might show that he’s harmful all over the place and it paid off.
“Going into this struggle I knew I needed to maintain myself composed. I knew he was going to be overly aggressive,” Ferguson stated. “I’ve lots of expertise on this sport and I knew he’d waste a lot power. I simply weathered the storm and I felt his photographs begin to reduce with power (over time).”
The Boogeyman units sights on subsequent goal
Dana White was impressed with Ferguson’s efficiency and thinks it’s solely proper that the light-weight title be unified quickly. White stated Conor McGregor may even be open to preventing this yr.
“Tony’s the interim champion, Conor’s the champion, it’s the struggle that is sensible,” White stated. “It’s the battle that has to occur.”
Ferguson is open to battle anyone however admitted the battle to make is with McGregor.
“Conor McGregor poses no menace to me,” Ferguson stated. “I’ll ankle decide him. No drawback. I’ll set him on his ass and everybody is identical measurement on the bottom. That boy is scared. He’s by no means talked about my identify, not one time. The struggle is with Conor. You possibly can’t run anymore, man. You’re in verify and I’m nice at chess.”
Johnson on what report means
For the whole thing of his report-breaking run to eleven title defenses, Johnson barely needed to debate the run he was on. He focuses intently on one battle at a time and that mindset has paid off.
However after hitting 10, he realized he was proper there and allowed to consider the accomplishment. It felt superior.
“It simply feels actually good to not be capable of hear Anderson Silva’s identify subsequent to mine anymore,” he stated. “They’ll be like, ‘Who has the longest reigning title defenses?’ Demetrious Johnson does.
White stated Johnson is the best of all time.
“You guys know what a loopy jiu jitsu man Joe Rogan is and he was up within the ring and he stated, ‘I’ve by no means even seen that in a jiu jitsu match,” White stated about Johnson’s submission. “He goes, ‘That was loopy. This man is a freak.’ And it’s true. Demetrious is the most effective. He broke Anderson Silva’s document and he did it in spectacular style.”
Vegas Robust honored
About 1,500 first responders and a half dozen victims affected by the tragic occasion final week in Las Vegas attended UFC 216 to benefit from the fights and be honored by the UFC and followers in attendance.
The week has been a tragic time for the town, however as White defined, the tragedy introduced the group collectively.
— UFC (@ufc) October eight, 2017
“I’m making an attempt not to consider it anymore however I’ve been saying all week that I’m actually pleased with this metropolis,” White stated. “How everybody has reacted to this factor, from the primary responders to the individuals simply there serving to different individuals. The best way that the large (corporations) stepped up and threw in cash – it’s an enormous deal. Everyone thinks this isn’t an actual group however that is the realest group.”
Matt Parrino is a digital producer and author for UFC.com. Comply with him on Twitter at @MattParrinoUFC