Saturday’s UFC 209 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas may not have ended in crowd-pleasing fashion, but the lead-up to the underwhelming main event between champion Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson had plenty of memorable moments. More
Demetrious Johnson (fighter)
12/05/2016 by PeekYou Team
Author: Ben Fowlkes / Source: MMAjunkie
You know a couple things for sure when you sit down to write a column about the UFC’s flyweight division. For starters, you know not many people will read it. (Not unless you can figure out a way to get Conor McGregor’s name in the headline, which, if you tried hard enough, you probably could.) More
12/04/2016 by PeekYou Team
Author: Brian Knapp / Source: Sherdog
“Mighty Mouse” stayed calm in the face of early adversity to retain the Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight crown with a unanimous decision over Elliott in “The Ultimate Fighter 24” Finale main event on Saturday at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Johnson was awarded 49-46, 49-46 and 49-45 marks from the judges, as he made his ninth consecutive successful title defense — one shy of former middleweight boss Anderson Silva’s all-time UFC record.
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Elliott did all he could to unseat the incumbent champion. He caught Johnson in a tight guillotine in the first round and transitioned to a brabo choke, squeezing until his arms could squeeze no more. The AMC Pankration ace extricated himself, worked back to his feet and restored order. Johnson spent much of the next 20 minutes assuming top position — either through takedowns or scrambles — and compromising the Elliott guard with a series of passes.
Johnson has now sat atop the flyweight division for 1,534 days and has not lost a fight since his unanimous decision defeat to reigning bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz on Oct. 1, 2011.
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12/03/2016 by PeekYou Team
Author: Damon Martin / Source: FOX Sports
When Demetrious Johnson enters the Octagon on Saturday night to defend his flyweight title against “Ultimate Fighter” winner Tim Elliott he’ll be one step closer to making history.
The main event bout against Elliott will be Johnson’s ninth consecutive title defense, which puts him just one win away from tying Anderson Silva’s all time UFC record as middleweight champion with 10 consecutive defenses.
Breaking that record and making history are both important to Johnson, but he doesn’t expect the red carpet to be rolled out for him or that he’s suddenly going to be come the most marketable fighter on the UFC roster.
In fact, Johnson has remained the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport while quietly going about his business and rarely making headlines for anything other than his jaw dropping performances inside the Octagon.
As much as Johnson would enjoy the financial windfall that comes from being one of the most boisterous and talked about fighters on the roster like Conor McGregor, he’s happy with his current status as the best in the world whether he’s a household name or not.
“I look at myself as the dark horse champion,” Johnson told FOX Sports. “I’m not out there in front of the media, doing all this stuff. I only do that before my fights. I keep it real. After my fights, I’m never attached the outcome of my fights.
“I go back and I chill and I relax and when they want me to come do (expletive) I do it. Otherwise, I step back into the shadows, into the lab and keep on working on my craft and let everybody else have the spotlight.”
Johnson is certainly driven by accomplishment but more than anything he’s in this sport to make as much money as possible to provide for his wife and children.
At the same time, Johnson enjoys the anonymity versus the lifestyle someone like McGregor must lead where he can’t even leave his house without paparazzi snapping photos or digging into every facet of his life no matter how private it might be.
“Do I want to be there money…