Demetrious Johnson may have a bit of ways to go just yet, but the UFC’s flyweight champ isn’t afraid to admit he has Anderson Silva’s title defense record in his sight.
“Mighty Mouse” is booked to fight John Dodson this coming weekend at UFC 191, in what is a rematch of their 2013 encounter, when Johnson won by UD. If Johnson wins, it will be his seventh title defense, which would put him three behind the legendary Silva’s 10.
In a recent report from MMA Junkie.com, the flyweight champ was quoted saying:
“When I got in the sport, this was a hobby for me, and right now I’m working for my seventh title defense,” Johnson said. “The record held right now is by Anderson Silva, and it’s 10. So if I can break that, it would be an awesome thing. Then to be able to have the most finishes as a flyweight – most knockouts, submissions and TKOs? That’s another goal. Just being the most active flyweight and champion. I’m a guy that hasn’t had injuries, and that’s a goal I set for myself.”
That’s a lofty goal, and Dodson will be a tough test, but Johnson has been pretty, pretty impressive since he laid claim to the 125 belt. Kind of sad he’s not a bigger star.
UFC 191 will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.