Johnson: I’ll Set Record As High As I Can
UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson currently sits tied with former middleweight champion Anderson Silva for most consecutive UFC title defenses in promotional history with 10. He looks for sole possession of said record on Sept. 9 at UFC 215, when he defends his title against Ray Borg in the main event.
Johnson’s run in the UFC has been unparalleled. Since 2012, Johnson has one draw and 12 straight wins, all consisting of his UFC Flyweight Championship tournament victories and successful title defenses. He has practically cleaned out the UFC’s flyweight division, and rose up to the top of the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings for quite a while. Jon Jones has since bumped Johnson from the top spot, but a suspension from Jones’ failed UFC 214 drug test could remove Jones from these rankings and put “Mighty Mouse” back on top.
Some feel he should look towards the 135-pound bantamweight division for his next accomplishments. Johnson’s last bout at bantamweight was also his most recent loss — a title shot against then-champion Dominick Cruz on Oct. 1, 2011.
But Johnson states that he might want to try to set the consecutive UFC title defenses bar even higher.
“One guy, a friend of mine said, ’10, that’s obtainable; 11, that’s obtainable; 15 is **** legendary,'” Johnson said. “He goes, ‘Why don’t you just go to 15?’ You know what, why not? I mean, I’m 31 years old, I feel good, and you’ve got a lot of new, young, up-and-comer guys coming up in this division, so why not just keep on doing it as long as I can? It’s not like 135 is going anywhere. When I get 35 or 36 or 37 years old, when I’m tired of dieting and not having Oreos the week before my fight, then I’ll go up to 135. But right now, I’m focused on setting the record as high as I can.
“That’s what a lot of people don’t realize. A lot of people, they get the belt, they become the champion, and they think that’s the hardest thing to do in the sport. No, it’s very hard to rack up three or four or even 10 consecutive title defenses, and making weight every single time, and making sure you don’t miss your flights, you do all your interviews, et cetera, et cetera.”
This past summer, the UFC was pushing for former bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw to receive a title shot against Johnson, but Johnson controversially battled to ensure a title bout with Borg.
Despite the accomplishments and history of “Mighty Mouse,” Borg has plenty of confidence heading into this title bout, going as far as to state he could end Johnson’s career.
“He ain’t retiring ****,” Johnson said. “I’m just getting started. I’m 31 years old, I’m feeling better than ever. Training is going easy and I’ve fought the hardest-hitting and the most athletic guys in this division. He’s a tough competitor, and we’ll see where his mouth is after the fight night.”
Original story: MMA Fighting