Mighty Mouse Defends Belt Once Again
Demetrious Johnson once again proved that the mouse is indeed mighty.
Defending his UFC flyweight title for the fifth time against 8th ranked Chris Cariaso at UFC 178 , Johnson made things look to easy.
Johnson took the fight out of the seemingly overmatched Cariaso by dictating the tempo of the fight right from the start. Mighty Mouse scored a takedown, the 25th in his career, barely one minute into the match. Although Johnson didn’t do significant damage, he was able to pile up the points on Cariaso, who was a massive underdog. Cariaso was able to return to his feet, but he could not mount any significant offense. Johnson staggered him at the close of the round with a powerful right hand which was followed by a knee to the chin. Fortunately, time ran out and Cariaso lived for another round.
The second round was no different. The 28-year old champion immediately scored a double leg takedown and put Cariaso in an awkward position where he could not defend himself. After scoring with punches and elbows, Johnson gained side control and went for an armbar. Cariaso looked like he was about to tap as D.J. was extending his left arm when Johnson shifted to a kimura. This time, the pressure on the arm was too much as Cariaso tapped at the 2:29 mark of round 2.
Pound for Pound
The submission was the eighth of his career, and the second time he defended the title via submission. Johnson also submitted John Moraga at UFC on Fox in July 2013. Johnson improved to 21-2-1 with 4 knockouts. He has won six consecutive matches since his flyweight debut when he drew with Ian McCall at the UFC flyweight tournament semifinals in 2012.
After the fight, Johnson said that “becoming the best fighter in the world” is a goal that he is working for. With the win over Cariaso, that may not be too far fetched.
Johnson is #4 in the UFC’s pound for pound rankings behind Jon Jones, Jose Aldo and Cain Velasquez, but he definitely staked his claim as the best on Saturday night. Johnson is the UFC’s inaugural flyweight champion and with the way he’s handled the opposition, it doesn’t seem like that is going to change anytime soon. Johnson has defeated six out of the Top 8 ranked flyweights and has done so convincingly. The only fighters in the Top 8 that he hasn’t fought are #4 Jussier Formiga and #6 John Lineker.
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