The flyweight champion defended his title for the 10th time against No. 3 ranked contender Wilson Reis at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and is now tied with former middleweight champ Anderson Silva for the most consecutive title defenses in UFC history.
'DJ' defended his belt in spectacular fashion, submitting a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and grappling world champion in the third round with an arm bar. The 30-year-old phenom beat Reis in every aspect of MMA, battering the Brazilian on the feet and dominating him on the ground.
UFC president Dana White was ecstatic with Johnson's performance and told reporters at the post-fight press conference that he is a ‘freak of nature'.
“So what’s crazy is, [Johnson] does what he does here tonight, right?” White told the media, per MMA Fighting's Chuck Mindenhall. “And I’m doing an interview with Brazil, and I hear him ask his coach [Matt Hume], ‘what did I do wrong?’ I stopped and said, ‘hey coach, let me answer this for you — nothing.’
“He did nothing wrong. I mean he literally — first of all he looked incredible on his feet, and the punch stat numbers are ridiculous, right? Then he goes to the ground and is absolutely dominating, and then goes for the most dangerous move you can try and pull off, an armbar. And not only pulling off an armbar when you’re dominating like that, but doing it against a Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion. The guy’s an absolute freak of nature.”
White went on to say that, if Johnson beats 'The Spider's' record for most title defenses in MMA history, he will cement his legacy as the greatest of all time.
“Listen, he’s got one more fight, and if he breaks Anderson Silva’s record? Listen, he’s already the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and he strives to be better each time, and he gets better each time, literally destroying people,” White said.
“This kid could be considered the GOAT right now. Or, to give Anderson Silva the true respect, wait until he actually breaks the record and it’s hard not to call this guy the greatest of all time.”
Johnson has now cleared out the 125-pound division and could go on to challenge the winner of Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw for the bantamweight title. 'Mighty Mouse' recently told reporters that he is more than open to challenging 'No Love' for the 135-pound strap.