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Poll: Is Demetrious Johnson The Greatest UFC Champion Of All-Time?

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Already the top pound-for-pound fighter in MMA, longtime UFC flyweight champion Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson took one step closer to becoming the best fighter of all-time when he tied Anderson Silva’s record of UFC title defenses with 10 by submitting Wilson Reis in the third round of their main event bout at tonight’s (Sat., April 15, 2017) UFC on FOX 24 from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Johnson simply looked without peer in all facets of fighting, displaying precise, lightning-quick volume striking to hit Reis at will to soften him up for a takedown followed by a seamless segway into a fight-ending armbar. It’s not just the fact “Mighty Mouse” defeats his opponents; it’s that they just don’t have any chance at beating him anywhere the fight goes. His growing list of illustrious accomplishments has him up with all-time greats Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, and Jon Jones, and indeed some already feel he’s surpassed those fighting legends.

That has ‘Mighty Mouse’ on the verge of breaking Silva’s all-time record, where he’ll almost definitely become the best MMA fighter in the sport’s history. Is he already there?

  • David Twardy

    100% best of all time. To get that many finishes in a division considered to be the weakest in that regard is something special. Silva’s run was during a time when MMA training wasn’t what it is today, he won off opponents fear mostly. The names Silva beat were ok but again that was a time when the division only had like 25 guys so all the names were familiar. Not like today where every division has 50 to 75 fighters. GSP Also not that great very 1 dimensional used his size and build to out muscle his opponents. It was another case that probably wouldn’t fly in todays UFC. Jones is a very close 2nd. To have a streak like that in the modern era against a list of killers in a heavy weight class and wins using all different styles of fighting is special to. When the time comes Jones will get his spot as the P4P king back, but he will never match that title defence record.

    • Bill Wolf

      Anderson Silva inspired the fear he did because he was a super-skilled and hard-to-hit striker who was also a deadly knockout artist and was also deadly in the clinch. That left respectable opponents like Rich Franklin with no hopeful options.

      Georges St-Pierre was great because he had the ability to execute any plan that would exploit the weaknesses of his opponents and negate their strengths. If a jab would do it, he would jab; if wrestling would do it he would wrestle.

      Is Jon Jones a dangerous striker, or is he an effective wrestler? He’s both, and hard to hurt too.

      Mighty Mouse is so good at so many things that it’s hard to say what he is best at, because he has so many strengths and no real weak points. Dominating Wilson Reis on the ground and arm-barring him underlines that. Mighty Mouse is a very credible candidate for the best UFC fighter ever.

      • Allen Eltor

        Again: best UFC fighter to fight people who weigh what my sister weighs.

        • Bill Wolf

          Do you think the best fighter should be a heavyweight?

          If so, that’s a reasonable way to think. After all, mixed martial arts is related to self-defense training, and in real life there are no weight classes.

          But I want to know what you have in mind.

          • Allen Eltor

            No Bill I really, really, really don’t, because – a guy who’s really big doesn’t have a chance against someone small who’s also trained to handle evil bullshit in people. I mean… ya know what I’m saying? Because let’s face it even as an amateur, if some 400 pound redneck whips out an axe handle and there’s nowhere to go, what am I gonna do?

            My darnedest to duck once and kick the shit out of the side of his knee,

            hop-quick-speedy-like-a-bunny-rabbit.

            I think the most all around dangerous people on the planet are those who can cut down to 185, but rather move around, somewhere around 205.

            It’s just hard to predominate over a very capable person who’s somewhere between Jon Jones’ size, and Anderson Silva’s. When you look at the people who’ve made a big splash in being able to just, handle, darn near anybody, it’s those guys.

  • Justin

    Without a doubt he is the best MMA fighter of all time.

    • Jess Fenchley

      … in his weight class. If you don’t agree, have him fight Yoel Romero. Exactly.

    • Murdock

      best mma fighter to fight guys who aren’t real title contenders.

      • apocalypse123

        they used to say the same thing about anderson lol, he’s just completely cleaned out his division and he’s lightyears ahead of his competition

        • Murdock

          Anderson fought legit top 10 contenders (minus Leites & Cote) while some were former champs. Johnson only fought 2-3 guys who were legitimate high caliber fighters while the rest fought tomato cans prior to fighting Mighty Mouse.

          • apocalypse123

            nate marquardt was a can crusher before he fought anderson, demian maia had one decision win after getting ktfo and then fought anderson, yushin okami and chael were never champions, and travis lutter? really? but they all fought anderson and it was all because there was no more competition, that’s how good he was, and that’s how good mighty mouse is.

          • Murdock

            Marquardt was a legit top 10 fighter and one of Pancrase’s biggest stars who worked his way up to a title shot in and UFC and Strikeforce. Old age, wear and tear finally caught up to him in his most recent run. Okami & Sonnen were top 10 middleweights before and after they faced Anderson so your argument on them ain’t solid. The fight with travis lutter wasn’t even a title fight so I dunno why that was even brought up.

            Fact of the matter is Anderson fought more top 10 challengers and former champions than Demetrious Johnson, who’s opponents were one trick ponies that mostly fought cans beforehand and were not legit flyweights other than benavidez and dodson.

          • apocalypse123

            no, nate beat japanese cans and a bunch of guys who were NEVER top 10. dean lister, crafton wallace, joe doerkson, they never broke top 10 ever. he was always overrated, time just caught up. at least you can acknowledge cote and leites had no business fighting for a title, my point is that’s how good anderson was. chael talked his way into that fight and yushin was handed a title shot because there were no more contenders, seriously, that’s just reality, and it’s because the division was wiped clean. henry cejudo is an olympic GOLD medalist, not a single ufc champion has a win over a gold medalist. even anderson fell, dj is the most consistently dominant champion in UFC history, even GSP had to take time off from the pressure, and nobody wants to credit dj for that.

          • Murdock

            Marquardt in his prime was always a top 10 and since since you have no valid claim, you’re a troll. Chael worked his way into his fights with Silva. BOTH times. The only fight he talked himself into was with Jon Jones. Do your research, punk! Okami handed a title shot? LMFAO.

            Funny you say that when that’s what happened to most of Johnson’s opponents and they weren’t even high level fighters either. Your arguments continue to get weaker!

          • apocalypse123

            you’ve completely ignored my argument and resorted to irrelevant insults. there’s no point even talking to you anymore.

          • Murdock

            You’re arguments isn’t valid and you’re just trolling now!

        • Ted Bundy

          You mean like what Conor did to the FWs?

    • Allen Eltor

      He’s the best MMA fighter who could beat up someone the size of my sister.

      Not the greatest of his OWN time much fucking less ALL time.

  • Bill Wolf

    Among UFC fighters, I think Mighty Mouse is more consistent than Randy Couture (and in a different way more consistent than Jon Jones), a little better than Anderson Silva because of the consistent quality of his performances, and about equal to Georges St-Pierre, whom I have regarded as the best ever. When Mighty Mouse wins his next fight, I think that will make him the best UFC fighter ever.

    • Ted Bundy

      You are so politically correct. WOW

  • Jess Fenchley

    Perhaps in his weight class, but comparing weight classes is simply moronic.

    • ShawnKarr

      That’s cause greatness isn’t judged by ‘Fox numbers’.

      • Jess Fenchley

        Are you simple? Numbers are EVERYTHING in the UFC. Skill is irrelevant.

  • Ted Bundy

    He has ZERO signature wins. Dom beat him and he is ducking TJ. I think he gets too much credit. When Conor finished whipping the FWs he jumped up to LW and smoked the champ (alvarez). Coincidentally cowgirl fled north to WW followed by dos anjos.

  • Ted Bundy

    Johnnny Bones is the GOAT. He’s never been beaten.