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Dana White Reveals If He Thinks Demetrious Johnson Is The GOAT

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Demetrious Johnson just made a case for being the greatest mixed martial artist (MMA) of all time.

Earlier tonight (Sat. April 15, 2017) ‘Mighty Mouse’ made a record 10th consecutive flyweight title defense, tying former middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s UFC record, when he took home a third round submission win over Wilson Reis in the main event of UFC on FOX 23. Johnson is now on a 12-fight win streak with half of those victories coming via finish.

UFC President Dana White spoke about Johnson’s performance at the post-fight press conference today, and had nothing but praise for his 125-pound champ’s performance inside the Octagon in Kansas City:

“What’s crazy is, he does what he does here tonight, right?” White said at the UFC on FOX 24 post-fight press conference. “And I’m doing an interview with Brazil and I start to walk away and I hear him (Demetrious) ask his coach ‘What did I do wrong?’ I stop and said ‘Hey, Coach, let me answer this for you. Nothing.’ First of all he looked incredible on his feet. The punch stat numbers are ridiculous, right? Then he goes to the ground and is absolutely dominating and goes for the most dangerous move you can try and pull off, an armbar.

“Not only pulling off an armbar when you’re dominating like that, but against a Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion,” White said. “The guys’s an absolute freak of nature – Joe Rogan was blowing me up saying ‘This guy is a wizard, he’s the greatest ever,’ Rogan’s going – you know Rogan is a jiu-jitsu nut so he’s going crazy. So well deserved.”

Johnson hasn’t surpassed Silva’s title defense record quite yet, as one more victory will but the sole flyweight champ in promotion history over the top. White will hold off on calling ‘Mighty Mouse’ the greatest of all time out of respect to ‘The Spider’, but admits it’s hard to deny the 125-pound kingpin the moniker given his dominance in the last five years:

“Listen he’s got one more fight, and he breaks Anderson Silva’s record, and he continues – Listen he’s already the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, and he strives to be better each time, and he gets better each time,” White said. “Literally destroying people. This kid could be considered the G.O.A.T right now, or to give Anderson Silva the true respect you wait until he actually breaks the record. It’s hard to not call this guy the greatest of all time.”

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After having essentially cleaned out the top contenders at 125 pounds Johnson finds himself in a bit of a predicament as it pertains to who will get the honor to challenge him for what could be a record-setting 11th consecutive title defense. White told MMA fans not to worry, however, as they’ll find a suitable opponent to challenge for Johnson’s throne next:

“Anderson Silva had that problem too,” said White. “When you run through guys as long as these two have run through guys – yeah. But I promise you we’ll find somebody.”

  • David Twardy

    Its either fresh meat for DJ in Ray Borg, or a rematch with one of the fighters that has come up short in the past pretty much setting up that record for the taking.

    • zack

      If garbrandt goes through dillashaw , that becomes an instant superfight that makes a ton of sense for both guys. Either demetrious winning another belt or cody attempting to. That would be demetrious johnsons first and best chance to get one of those huge fights for ppv credits and make that goat statement. What other guys besides maybe dom cruz could elevate his status and put some respek on his win streak, dodson and benavidez rematches arent what this fighter needs right now

      • David Twardy

        Facing one of the 135 killers is needed, I don’t see Cody dropping to Flyweight. If he did the power would be gone. DJ is set on breaking that record so his next fight won’t be at 135 unless he gets somewhere around a million bucks, but thats not going to happen either. I think he stays at FW for one more fight against the dudes that are currently there.

  • Bill Wolf

    Anderson Silva had great performances and poor fights. Mighty Mouse is continually great.

    • Murdock

      define poor fights. johnson mostly fought guys that weren’t even on his level other than dodson, benavidez and mccall.

      • Bill Wolf

        There’s no one definition of a poor fight. Fights can be bad in different ways.

        Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia was a bad fight. When it was done, I had much more respect for Demian Maia for maintaining his dignity and doing his best despite meing outmatched, and I have liked him as a fighter ever since. On the other hand, my opinion of Anderson Silva went way down, since he humiliated his opponent instead of fighting properly.

        You never saw Georges St-Pierre having fights like that. Mighty Mouse goes for the finish too, rather than just shaming his opponent.

        • Murdock

          Anderson was just leaps and bounds on another level when he shamed Maia, Griffin, Bonnar and several of his other opponents. We never saw it from GSP because he usually played it safe and didn’t take risks. Mighty Mouse has some good finishes but so did Anderson but many of Johnson’s opponents were lower level guys that didn’t belong in the cage with him hence it didn’t garner people’s interests as much.

          • Bill Wolf

            To a small extent, I agree. That’s why I want to see Mighty Mouse win one more fight before calling him the best UFC fighter ever.

            But, mostly, I don’t agree. The best you can do is beat whoever shows up, and Mighty Mouse has done that.

          • Murdock

            I don’t mind Mighty Mouse breaking Silva’s record but if he wants to be the greatest, he should’ve relinquished his belt awhile ago and gone back up to 135 and faced the killers in that division and show his run there would be better than his previous stint rather than focusing on breaking records while fighting lower level opponents.

          • Bill Wolf

            “You can’t deny some of the amazing things Silva did despite his cockiness.”

            True.

          • Doug Christine Hairston

            Put him against dillishaw, Dominic Cruz, or Cody, then I can say he close to what Silva was doing

          • Doug Christine Hairston

            Murdock your absolety right

        • Doug Christine Hairston

          Mighty mouse has more decisions, more like safe Pierre than Anderson Silva

          • DS

            He’s finished 6 of 12, including the latest possible finish in UFC history. He’s constantly looking for the finish, unlike sleeping aid GSP.

      • Doug Christine Hairston

        Thank you, Anderson Silva had more competition and made it look easier imo

      • DS

        DJ has consistently fought the best performing fighters in his weight class while they were making people look silly. When they fought DJ, he made them look like amateurs. That should reflect positively on him, not be a penalty.

        • Murdock

          Not true, half the guys Johnson defended his title against weren’t championship material and were solely thrown to Johnson due to the lack of high level fighters.

  • Victor Ferreira

    Anderson Silva, Jon Jones and GSP are still on top 3 of Grestest of all time, DJ maybe be 4 or 5!

    • Doug Christine Hairston

      YES

    • leonaidis

      None of them did what Mighty Mouse is doing. He is not just winning his fights, he is doing it with out taking any damage, and he is beating these guys at their game. Reis had never been submitted, he is a bjj world champion. And what does Demetrius do? He submits him easily just to prove a point. There is no fighter at the moment that you can compare Mighty Mouse with, he’s just on another level than any other fighter in the ufc. Why his paycheck doesn’t do him justice is beyond me. He fights at a level above all others, he should get payed a level above all other.

      • Jess Fenchley

        Mini men, who cares.

        • Allen Eltor

          Precisely. The competition is SO much narrower

  • falchulk

    Can you really be pound for pound best fighter in the world at that weight? It’s easy to take chances when the chance of being knocked out is significantly lower per punch.

    • Doug Christine Hairston

      Very true

    • DS

      Yes, that’s why it’s “pound-for-pound”, so you take the weight difference out. He didn’t get to choose his opponents’ skill sets, he just fought them.

      • falchulk

        I know the meaning…The point still stands. Could you take those chances if your opponents had the potential to knock you out with everything they threw? How would that change his style? It’s a little unfair to say if he weighed 75lbs more his skill set would dominate that division. We have no idea how he would react to being hit like that. On the other hand, Silva’s experience and skills set transfered up and down.

    • leonaidis

      Who else has the skills and technique that Demetrius has? And his cardio is always there. He’s the perfect fighter, he’s the perfect Mixed Martial Artist. He has proven that he is better than all of his opponents in all areas. He is not like, for example Conor McGregor, that avoids ground fighters, and that would never ever submit a bjj world champion. Pound for pound measures skill, and there is no one else in the ufc with the skill set of Mighty Mouse.

      Why do I have to explain this? Haven’t you seen him fight?

      And how is he going to get knocked out when his opponents barely manage to land 20% of their strikes?

    • Wilson Leung

      Yeah but it also means since your opponent is less likely to be knocked out, you’d have to completely dominate them or risk a decision

    • Murdock

      Demetrious Johnson did KO Benavidez with one punch though.

  • Jess Fenchley

    Oh, please Dana tell us if he is the GOAT. After all, you correctly predicted Lousey at the GOAT – EVER.