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UFC 216: Demetrious Johnson Comments on Jaw Dropping, Armbar he Used to Tap Ray Borg

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC 216

Not only did Demetrious Johnson record a record, 11th title defense at UFC 216 last night, he did so in electrifying fashion.

Johnson pretty much dominated Ray Borg from the get go in the card’s co-headliner, as the flyweight champ controlled the contender on the ground. Borg kept battling, and wasn’t too, too damaged by round five, despite the fact Johnson had out struck him at one point by over 100 strikes.

Then in round five, Johnson threw Borg and then jumped into an armbar. Borg tried to fight his way out of the painful looking submission, but he was eventually forced to tap. After the jaw dropping win, Johnson had this to say about the move he used, during the FS 1, post-fight show (quote via FS 1 press release):

“I’ve been working on it a long time. My coach said to explore your options in mix martial arts. When I was in there, I was feeling good and it was time to hit it. You have to shift people’s weight when they’re trying to be heavy, so once I shifted his weight and he threw the elbow, I said I’ve got you. I lifted him up and snatched his arm and did it.”

Ya. It was yet another incredible performance from Johnson. Dana White was also, pretty, pretty impressed with Johnson’s finishing move (quote via MMA Fighting):

“You guys know what a crazy jiu-jitsu guy Joe Rogan is — Rogan was up in the ring, he goes, ‘I’ve never even seen that in a jiu-jitsu match,’” White said at the UFC 216 post-fight press conference. “He goes, ‘It’s crazy, this guy’s a freak.’ And it’s true. Demetrious is the best, man. He broke Anderson Silva’s record and did it in spectacular fashion. And I feel like I disrespected Ray Borg a little bit with the whole T.J. Dillashaw (thing). That kid came to fight. He came to fight, he didn’t want to tap to that armbar. I don’t know if you guys talked to him yet, his arm can’t be feeling too good, but (he’s) a stud and I meant no disrespect.”

Now it will be interesting to see what comes next for Johnson. If Sergio Pettis defeats Henry Cejduo on December 2nd, chances are he’ll be handed the task of ending Johnson’s storied reign.


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