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Henry Cejudo Believes Demetrious Johnson Could Easily Defeat T.J. Dillashaw

Former flyweight title challenger Henry Cejudo has weighed in with his thoughts on the outcome of a potential superfight between the current Ultimate Fighting Championship 125-pound champion Demetrious Johnson and bantamweight ace T.J. Dillashaw.
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Demetrious Johnson: TJ Dillashaw not on my level in pound-for-pound conversation

Ultimate Fighting championship (UFC) Flyweight champions has had a firm grasp on the No. 1 pound-for-pound ranking for quite some time thanks to his terrorizing reign over the division, which includes 11 straight title defenses.

And as a potential super fight between he and UFC Bantamweight king T.J. Dillashaw gets closer to becoming a reality, “Mighty Mouse” doesn’t even want to hear about “Viper” being close to him in the P4P discussion.

“I think the reason I’m the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world is I beat everyone in my division,” Johnson told ESPN. “He’s had close fights with guys in his division, like Raphael Assuncao. Dominick Cruz beat him. His last fight, against Cody [Garbrandt], he got dropped,” he added.

As it stands, Dillashaw is ranked No. 7 on the list.

”It’s a little different, especially when you’re talking about a bigger guy going down to fight a smaller guy. I think the reason people put that label on me is I’ve beaten every single type of style and skill set that’s come to me. I beat John Dodson twice — TJ lost to Dodson,” said Johnson.

T.J. has been pining for a shot at Johnson’s title after he reclaimed his 135-pound strap by knocking out Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217. If the fight comes to be — which Johnson is very interested in — and if T.J. scores a win, Johnson says no way he should he be considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Because at the end of the day, it’s all about longevity, says Johnson.

“If he were to beat me, and everyone would say, ‘Oh, he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world!’ and the next thing you know, he gets knocked out in a bantamweight fight, I would say that ‘reign’ would be cheap. It’s not warranted,“ he added.

”The reason I have that label is my longevity as a champion and dominating higher competition. His fight against Cody wasn’t a blowout, they exchanged and his punch landed. It wasn’t like he dominated him in wrestling or jiu-jitsu. That’s my personal opinion.”

Indeed, Johnson — who hasn’t tasted defeat since 2011 in a 135-pound scrap against Dominick Cruz — has had his way with the 125-pound weight class and has made it look effortlessly.

Should he beat the current champion in a weight class above, then his lead in the pound-for-pound race extends even further.

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Demetrious Johnson Fixes What Was Broken – Was Something Broken?

UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson finally got that surgery to fix his shoulder, so now he can start winning some fights. Wait. He hasn’t lost a fight since 2011. In fact, he’s probably the pound-for-pound best fighter in the sport given his record and accomplishments. So, uh, was something broken that needed fixing? I guess […]

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Demetrious Johnson Fixes What Was Broken – Was Something Broken?

UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson finally got that surgery to fix his shoulder, so now he can start winning some fights. Wait. He hasn’t lost a fight since 2011. In fact, he’s probably the pound-for-pound best fighter in the sport given his record and accomplishments. So, uh, was something broken that needed fixing? I guess […]

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Demetrious Johnson Fixes What Was Broken – Was Something Broken?

UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson finally got that surgery to fix his shoulder, so now he can start winning some fights. Wait. He hasn’t lost a fight since 2011. In fact, he’s probably the pound-for-pound best fighter in the sport given his record and accomplishments. So, uh, was something broken that needed fixing? I guess […]

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Demetrious Johnson Fixes What Was Broken – Was Something Broken?

UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson finally got that surgery to fix his shoulder, so now he can start winning some fights. Wait. He hasn’t lost a fight since 2011. In fact, he’s probably the pound-for-pound best fighter in the sport given his record and accomplishments. So, uh, was something broken that needed fixing? I guess […]

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UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson Undergoes Successful Shoulder Surgery

Demetrious Johnson underwent shoulder surgery on Wednesday to fix an issue that had been giving him pain since December.
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Cody Garbrandt Plans to Drop to Flyweight After UFC 217 to Challenge Demetrious Johnson

Cody Garbrandt doesn’t mind looking one step ahead, in fact, he prefers it.
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UFC 216 results from last night: Demetrious Johnson vs Ray Borg fight recap

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson collided with up-and-comer Ray Borg last night (Oct. 7, 2017) at UFC 216 from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This whole situation was somewhat symbolic of Johnson’s career. Looking to break a record and achieve continued excellence, but still not the main event of a not particularly high-profile event. Still, this was his attempt to score title defense number 11, a significant moment for “Mighty Mouse.”

Borg was in the underdog position that pretty much all of Johnson’s recent opponents have been. He wasn’t expected to pose much of a threat, but “The Taxmexican Devil” nevertheless walked into the cage intent on scoring the upset.

Johnson opened with beautiful range control, circling and landing hard low kicks. He began to step in with kicks the the body and plant crosses, one of which allowed him to circle and briefly take the back. Borg pressured and shot for takedowns, but nothing materialized opposite “Mighty Mouse.”

After a failed shot from Borg, Johnson took top position once more. He worked from half guard for a bit then advanced to side control, attaching the far arm and landing elbows.

Borg defended reasonably well, but he didn’t land a single strike in the first round.

The fight moved in the clinic early in the second. Johnson landed some clean knees, but Borg managed to power into the double leg and take the back standing. Unfortunately for the young gun, Johnson effortlessly slipped out and landed on top.

Johnson’s top game is pretty much perfect. Borg is a strong grappler, but Johnson maneuvered around his guard without much difficulty. All the while, he searched for the Kimora, landed shots, and attempted to take the back.

It was another strong round from the champion.

Once again, Johnson controlled range until his opponent took a bad shot and gave up top control. From there, “Mighty Mouse” continued to flow positionally, looking for ground strikes and submissions. Borg defended, but he wasn’t able do anything else.

Johnson was just too perfect.

Heading into the championship rounds, Borg needed to do something dramatic. He came out aggressively and landed a big double leg, but he just couldn’t keep “DJ” down. In fact, he gave up top position desperately trying to hold the champion on the mat. Borg actually managed to stand back up this time, but his respite was brief, as Johnson slammed him back down with authority.

With five minutes remaining, there was no doubt whose hand would be raised.

Borg came out with some aggression, so Johnson threw him on his ass. For the rest of the bout, it was a replay of previous rounds. Johnson controlled excellently and advanced position, and whenever Borg did manage to get to his feet, he was planted on the mat. Just as it seemed like Johnson was coast to a decision, he slammed Borg and jumped on an arm bar. Borg did his damnedest to resist the submission, but his arm was cranked until he gave in.

This is yet another display of dominance from “Mighty Mouse.” It’s another top contender utterly shutdown; Borg landed less than a dozen strikes, and most were insignificant.

For a five round fight, that’s absolutely insane.

More than that, Johnson out-wrestled and out-grappled the guy who has been winning fights on the mat. He’s simply so good everywhere, and his technical mastery is amplified by the fact that Johnson never gets remotely close to fatigue.

Johnson has an incredible claim as the best ever, and his 11th title defense doesn’t hurt that resumè.

As for Borg, he knows what it’s like to fight “Mighty Mouse.” For 12 weeks or however long his camp was, Borg trained specifically for Johnson and told himself that what happened to all of Johnson’s past opponents wouldn’t happen to him. He’d make it a fight. Things would be different.

They weren’t.

That’s not an attempt to discredit Borg, a great fighter with obvious hurt. It’s just an uncomfortable fact that UFC Flyweights have to live with: “Mighty Mouse” is that good.

Last night, Johnson continued his dominant title reign with another arm bar victory. What’s next for the legendary champion?

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Joseph Benavidez equates Demetrious Johnson’s greatness to chess, says UFC champ has best formula in the game

When UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson steps inside of the Octagon tomorrow night (Sat., Oct. 7, 2017) at UFC 216 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, he will attempt to overthrow challenger Ray Borg and become the first fighter in UFC history to record 11-consecutive title defenses, breaking Anderson Silva’s current record of 10.

Johnson has been near-perfect during his reign atop the UFC’s 125-pound division and has knocked off some serious contenders on his way to MMA immortality. While many fighters have stepped up and tried to dethrone “Mighty Mouse” by using boxing, wrestling, grappling, and downright athleticism, all have come up short.

This includes former flyweight title challenger Joseph Benavidez, who is constantly haunted by his failed attempts to hand Johnson his first flyweight loss.

“I was that close to finishing someone many consider the best ever [in the first fight],” Benavidez said during a recent interview with ESPN. “It’s something that goes through my head all the time. Every little thing that I could have done different. I will randomly be driving and get upset. My wife will say ‘what’s the matter?’ and I will say ‘nothing.’ But sometimes I think about little things like that and if it could have gone another way. When I fought [Demetrious Johnson] the first time, you couldn’t predict the epic run that he would go on. But when you see him going through other opponents you think, ‘Wow, he tears these guys apart and makes them look normal.’ [His speed] is something you can’t adjust to. I tried to go with the fastest people I could leading up to the fights with him and you still can’t get as fast as him until you get there.”

Benavidez, who has only lost to Johnson and former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz in his entire career, last fought “Mighty Mouse” in a rematch at UFC on FOX 9 back in 2013. Johnson unexpectedly finished Benavidez via one-punch knockout and essentially put the nail in the coffin on their budding rivalry.

“The second fight he finished me so it wasn’t nearly as close as the first,” Benavidez explained. “That goes to show that he made adjustments. He knocked me out — saw a mistake within two minutes — a person who has never been finished in 30 fights previously, so he’s done what no one else has done. It’s like playing chess. We all have the same pieces, but he goes out there and executes them better than we do at the right time. I think he has great coaching — I have to give them credit. His preparation for every fight really sets him apart. Everyone has a formula to get beat. He goes out and pretty much runs that formula on every single person he fights.”

If the fight game is in fact a chess match, Johnson would be the Bobby Fischer of MMA. The flyweight king has quickly become one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters of all time and has destroyed each and every one of his divisional opponents by relying on physical and mental greatness, and beating them at their own game.

Johnson’s track record and in-cage ability are legendary at this point and it’s going to take everything that Borg has to pull off the massive upset at UFC 216. But if Borg is able to force “Mighty Mouse” into a rare mistake then maybe he can put the UFC champ in checkmate.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 216 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FX at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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