Considering Ronda Rousey has needed less than two minutes total to defeat her last three opponents, it’s not surprising that a ‘most dominant champ’ narrative is following her these days. If it’s not her, who would it be?
“Between me and Ronda? It’s hard, because she’s going out there just blowing through people, but I think you see a true champion’s caliber when he’s tested by his opponents that are put in front of him. My (John) Dodson fight, my second Joseph (Benavidez) fight, my (John) Moraga fight, my Ali Bagautinov fight. Those guys are studs. Not taking anything away from Cat Zingano or Miesha Tate, but those guys are studs. Don’t get me wrong, she goes out there and destroys her opponents, but I think you have to see a champion go through that hardship to see if they really have that championship caliber. She’s a champion, I’m not saying she isn’t, but I’m going to say it’s me.”
Now is everyone going to agree with “Mighty Mouse” on this? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean Johnson hasn’t been ridiculously impressive in his recent outings, or for that matter, his career.
Since Johnson decisioned the always dangerous John Dodson in 2013, he’s gone on to finish John Moraga, Joseph Benavidez and most recently Chris Cariaso. Johnson also holds a decision win over Ali Bagautinov during that stretch. The 28 year-old has shot up the pound-for-pound rankings as a result, and is currently sitting at #3. Rousey is #6.
So, it really could depend on how you evaluate dominance. Rousey has been destroying her opponents, and the consensus seems to be that the only big challenge out there for her is Cris “Cyborg”. That said, the number of viable contenders for Johnson these days isn’t exactly long.
Johnson is set to battle Kyoji Horiguchi this Saturday at UFC 186. The fight will go down at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
Rousey, meanwhile, will face Beth Correia at UFC 190 on August 1st in Rio de Janeiro.