Once again, Johnson proved to be a very difficult opponent to hit, and as the fight moved into round three, the champ began picking Reis apart with strikes. Then, after taking the challenger down to the mat, Johnson pounded away with punches and locked in a fight ending armbar. With the win, Johnson joined Silva as the only champs in UFC history to have defended a title 10 consecutive times.
In the co-main event, Rose Namajunas proved to be too much for fellow rising star, Michelle Waterson. After a competitive opening round, Namajunas decked Waterson with a headkick in round two, and finished the strawweight with a rear-naked-choke several moments later.
At 185, Robert Whittaker delivered a jolt to the division’s rankings, as the Australian fighter stopped renowned Brazilian fighter “Jacare” Souza. Whittaker dropped Souza with a big right not long into round two, and although the latter continued to fire strikes, it was clear he was still hurt.
Not too long after, Whittaker stunned Souza with a headkick, and then brought about the referee’s stoppage with punches from above. The only man who has defeated Souza to date in the UFC is top contender Yoel Romero, who narrowly got by “Jacare” with a split decision win.
Here are the complete results for UFC on FOX 24, which took place in Kanas City, Missouri.
UFC on FOX 24
Demetrious Johnson def. Wilson Reis via submission (armbar) R3, 4:49
Rose Namajunas def. Michelle Waterson via submission (rear-naked-choke) R2, 2:47
Robert Whittaker def. Ronaldo Souza via TKO (kick and punches) R2, 3:28
Renato Carneiro def. Jeremy Stephens via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Roy Nelson def. Alexander Volkov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Tom Duquesnoy def. Patrick Williams via TKO (elbows) R2, 0:28
Rashid Magomedov def. Bobby Green via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Tim Elliott def. Louis Smolka via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Aljamain Sterling def. Augusto Mendes via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Devin Clark def. Jake Collier via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Anthony Smith def. Andrew Sanchez via KO (knee and punches) R3, 3:52
Zak Cummings def. Nathan Coy via technical submission (guillotine choke) R1, 4:21
Ketlen Vieira def. Ashlee Evans-Smith via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)