Demetrious Johnson is the longest reigning champ currently in the UFC, but apparently some of the renowned fighter’s belts have either been lost in the mail, or someone in UFC head offices has messed up royally.
Johnson is set to face Wilson Reis later today at UFC on FOX 24, and if he wins, the flyweight champ will tie Anderson Silva’s record for title defenses. That record currently stands at 10.
Well, the custom is that when a champion defends the title, they receive a brand new belt. So, in other words, you don’t just keep holding the same belt. Apparently, however, “Mighty Mouse” only possesses the belt he won way back in 2012, when he decisioned Joseph Benavidez to become the UFC’s first 125 champ. While speaking to the media this week, Johnson had this to say about that situation (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I’m getting pissed off about that,” Johnson said. “I saw Daniel Cormier get three damn belts, so Dana White, WME-IMG, whoever writes the checks, give me eight damn belts please, and then I [already have one, so] nine if I win this one. I’ll take it home. I’m going to start collecting these belts. Michael Bisping has two belts and I’m just a nice guy, just a company man, I come here and fight and then they take the belt away from me and I’m like, ‘alright, peace. Call me when you want me to come fight again.’ And thats it. But now I’m seeing these guys with three belts, and I’m like, I only got one belt and have to share it with two of my kids.”
There you have it. Poor Johnson. Not only is the guy one of the most under appreciated and underpaid fighters on the planet, he can’t even get a second belt?
It will be interesting to see what unfolds tonight. Johnson is a huge favorite heading into the bout, as in, the betting lines have him at between -700 to -900. Can Reis stop Johnson from tying “The Spider’s” record? If he doesn’t, it will be one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.
UFC on FOX 24 will take place in Kansas City, Missouri.