Demetrious Johnson is one of the greatest fighters to ever walk the planet, but the UFC’s flyweight champ isn’t one of the promotion’s top draws. How can that be? Well, for the most part, “Mighty Mouse” lets his punches and kicks do the talking for him in the cage, rather than talk trash outside of it.
Johnson will return to the Octagon on December 3rd, when he faces the winner of TUF 24. The latest season of the show features flyweight champs from other organizations, and the winner will lock up a title shot.
If Johnson wins on December 3rd, it will be his ninth title defense. That would tie him with former welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre for the second most, title defenses in UFC history. Anderson Silva, however, holds the record, as he defended the 185 title ten times.
Recently Johnson spoke to UFC.com, and while discussing what he’ll do provided he sets a new record, the dynamic fighter stated:
“Somebody said to me the other day, ‘You’ve got two parts to mixed martial arts – the entertainment and business side and the pure sport’ and I believe I’m the pure sport of it because it’s, ‘Okay – who do you want me to fight? Who’s the No. 1 contender?’ I’m the guy who just goes to the gym and trains and waits until the UFC calls.
“As long as I stay healthy and I go out there and keep my performances where they need to be, I’m excited to see what happens when I tie it and when I break it and then we’ll go from there.”
It’s a story line that’s going to be fascinating to follow. Hopefully, if Johnson is able to break the record, some big paydays will come with it.