Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (20-2) is truly one of a kind. He kept Bagautinov guessing this entire fight. Bagautinov could not keep up with the speed of DJ. He retained his Flyweight title and is looking for a new challenge.
“Obviously, it’s up to the UFC,” said Johnson following an impressive win over Ali Bagautinov at Saturday’s UFC 174. “(UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby and the UFC, they do a great job of matchmaking. Ali Bagautinov, he’s a guy who came out of Dagestan, Russia; he had three wins in a row against top contenders.”
Johnson has 4 knockouts, seven submissions and 9 decision victories in his MMA career, while he has never been finished in a fight. He made his UFC debut at UFC 126 – Silva vs. Belfort on Feb / 05 / 2011 against Norifumi Yamamoto which he won by via unanimous decision.
“So there’s a lot of challenges in this weight class that I need to fight. Dodson, I overcame him; he’s a challenge, said Johnson. But there are plenty of guys; there’s a guy in the division who has a win over me. There’s Zach Makovsky, so I’m just looking for new challenges.”
He went through the flyweight tournament by beating Ian McCall and then beat Joseph Benavidez to win the Flyweight title via split decision at UFC 152 – Jones vs. Belfort on Sep / 22 / 2012.
“There’s tons of guys in this division, and a lot of people forget about that,” Johnson stressed. “I’m just trying to remind you guys. Ali Bagautinov, nobody ever heard of him, and he took a lot of shots from me. He won three in a row. He didn’t run his mouth to get here. He beat everybody that the UFC put in front of him, so I respect him for that.
Johnson would defend his title three times and won all three of those fights. He beat John Dodson via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 6 – Johnson vs. Dodson on Jan / 26 / 2013, John Moraga via submission at UFC on Fox 8 – Johnson vs. Moraga on Jul / 27 / 2013 and then Joseph Benavidez via knockout at UFC on Fox 9 – Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 on Dec / 14 / 2013.
“Tonight, I faced a new challenge, and I overcame it, and I’m ready to do it again.”
Bagautinov did get a good takedown in the third, which was a slam. However, DJ jumped up like it was nothing. It seemed that Johnson had all the answers to Bagautinov questions and proved once again why he is the Flyweight Champion.