Demetrious Johnson: A Reign Like None Other
Picture the following scene: the day is September 22nd, 2012 and it’s the co main event of UFC 152 where it’s Joseph Benavidez fighting Demetrious Johnson for the inaugural UFC flyweight championship and Johnson has just won the title after a gruelling fight and won due to split decision. Would you think that night that Demetrious Johnson would go onto have that title for a following 6 years with the most consecutive title defences in UFC history with 11? He took out everybody in his way so let’s talk about the reign like none other.
His first title defence was against John Dodson and it was only 4 months after his title victory. Johnson won this fight by unanimous decision.
Johnson would then fight another John - this time John Moraga and this headlined another UFC: on FOX event and Johnson went to the fifth round with him and strapped in an arm bar and a tap meant the reign continued.
After this fight, Joseph Benavidez got a rematch and Johnson was having none of it and just knocked him out with a punch only 2 minutes and 3 seconds into the first round.
Ali Bagautinov was up next and Demetrious Johnson took his hand, and took him to the distance and retained his championship yet again.
This fight headlined UFC 178 and this card was stacked with names: Donald Cerrone, Conor McGregor, Eddie Alvarez, Amanda Nunes, Yoel Romero, Dustin Poirier, Stephen Thompson, Dominick Cruz and so many more. Anyway, Johnson defeated Chris Cariaso by a kamura in the second round. Good times. By god, what a card though.
Talking about late finishes. This is the latest finish in UFC history and it came in the 4th minute and the 59th minute into the last round when Demetrious Johnson made Kyoji Horiguchi via an arm bar.
Let’s give John Dodson another chance at the flyweight title! Oh. It ended the same way as last time. Let me just copy and paste that paragraph.
Olympic Gold medalist, Henry Cejudo was up next and Johnson just finished him in the early goings of the first round. Back of the line Cejudo and take your gold medal with you.
Tim Elliot up next and he took an L. Johnson defeated him and won via decision.
Demetrious Johnson Vs. Wilson Reis ended in the third round by an arm bar. Johnson won by the way.
UFC 216 happened and Demetrious Johnson defended his flyweight title against Ray Borg in a fight which is infamous for Johnson throwing Borg in the air and locking in an arm bar - how did he do it?!
The reign ended. The stars aligned. Armageddon arrived. The flyweight division changed. Everything happened. Drop what you’re doing and read this (unless you’re holding your phone then don’t drop it). Demetrious Johnson rematches Henry Cejudo - 2 years later and this time, it went the distance but more importantly, Cejudo won! The reign of Johnson was over and history was made.