Mighty Mouse Wins Best Fighter ESPY
UFC flyweight champion and pound-for-pound kingpin Demetrious Johnson added another accolade to his long list of accomplishments on Wednesday night when he was crowned the ‘Fighter of the Year’ at the 2017 ESPY Awards.
The 125-pound champion edged out current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor as well as boxers Gennady Golovkin, Terence Crawford and Andre Ward.
In terms of competition, Johnson (26-2-1) most recently defended his flyweight title with a third round submission over Wilson Reis in the main event UFC on FOX 24 in April.
This victory marked his 10th consecutive title defense, tying his with former middleweight champion Anderson Silva for most all time. Combine this with the most wins in flyweight division history (11), longest win streak in flyweight division (11) and it’s safe to say Johnson has essentially cleaned out his division.
However, in recent months, the man known as ‘Mighty Mouse’ has found himself stuck in a very public feud with UFC President Dana White.
Initially, Johnson looked to surpass Silva’s record in August, in an event tied to Seattle, against top ranked Ray Borg. However, White would later claim he was rescinding the previous bout agreement in favor of matchup against former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw.
In a lengthy statement, Johnson not only revealed he would not be accepting the bout against Dillashaw but was also fed up with the perceived lack of respect he was receiving from the UFC brass.
“I’ve decided to speak out now as I feel like my values and character as a person and a fighter are being tarnished by an organization I’ve done nothing but sweat and bleed for over the last seven years of my life,” wrote Johnson. “If it takes me speaking up and encouraging other fighters to ban together to start getting fair treatment, then so be it.
“White went on further to say that if I didn’t take the fight against TJ, and drop Borg as the opponent, he would get rid of the entire flyweight division. He said, this is for TJ and I’m taking away TJ’s opportunity. That fact that he feels that what I should do in my career is for TJ, tells where his priority lies.”
Both White and Dillashaw obviously took issue with the comments, claiming Johnson was ruining his legacy against Borg.
Since then, Johnson has not been booked for his title defense.
Original Story: Fansided