UFC 215 Mighty Mouse’s Dominance
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson is the most underappreciated fighter in the UFC. He is currently on a 12-fight win streak and successfully defended his title 10 consecutive times. Mighty Mouse has an opportunity to break Anderson Silva’s title defense record (10) at UFC 215 against Ray Borg. Johnson is the only flyweight champion in the history of the company, yet do we take his dominance for granted?
Mighty Mouse reminds me of the “you don’t know how great something is until it’s gone” cliche. But unlike a lost love, we can reinvigorate our appreciation by looking at the numbers.
UFC 215 Mighty Mouse’s Dominance: Comparing Title Defense Streaks
Johnson: 10 (Reis, Elliott, Cejudo, Dodson (x2), Horiguchi, Cariaso, Bagautinov, Benavidez (x2), Marago) – 4 submissions, 2 KO/TKO’s, 4 unanimous decisions – 60% finish rate
Combined UFC record of opponents defeated during streak: 57-31
Combined UFC win percentage of opponents defeated during streak: 65%
Out striking opponents: 2.5 to 1 during streak
Taking down opponents: 3.8 to 1 during streak
Silva: 10 (Sonnen (x2), Okami, Belfort, Maia, Leites, Cote, Henderson, Franklin, Marquardt) – 6 KO/ TKO’s, 2 submissions, 2 unanimous decisions – 80% finish rate
Combined UFC record of opponents defeated during streak: 113-71
Combined win percentage of opponents defeated during streak: 61%
Out struck opponents: 1.7 to 1 during streak
Taking down opponents: .375 to 1 during streak
St.-Pierre: 9 (Hendricks, Diaz, Condit, Shields, Koschek, Hardy, Alves, Penn Fitch) – 7 unanimous decisions, 1 split decision, 1 KO/TKO – 11.1% finish rate
Combined UFC record of opponents defeated during streak: 92-58-3
Combined UFC win percentage of opponents defeated during streak: 60%
Out struck opponents: 2.4 to 1 during streak
Taking down opponents: 19 to 1 during streak
UFC 215 Mighty Mouse’s Dominance: Where is the love?
His dominance speaks for itself, but why doesn’t Johnson get the push or fan support he deserves (regarding PPV buys)? He has never failed a drug test, personifies the highest level of mixed martial arts in the world, and has not lost a fight in several years. My guess? Normality.
Mighty Mouse is one of the most down to Earth people on the UFC roster. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing video games. Seriously, you can even watch him play video games:
In a way, his dominance works against him. It is presumed he is going to annihilate his opponents and there is no intrigue surrounding one-sided fights. Joseph Benavidez is one of the pound-for-pound best in the world, but remains trapped in flyweight purgatory. Benavidez has lost to Johnson twice including a first round knockout in their second fight. Despite clearly being the second best fighter in the division, he may never get a rematch. Mighty Mouse buries his opponents worse than John Cena. Since “number one contendership” is permanently preoccupied in this division, who is next?
UFC 215 Mighty Mouse’s Dominance: Will the Next Victim Please Stand Up?
UFC record: 5-2
Has been out struck: 154-136
Take downs advantage: 19-6 (has only been taken down in 2 losses)
3 unanimous decision victories, 2 submission victories, 1 unanimous decision loss, 1 split decision loss
Borg is a decent fighter, but expect him to get eaten alive in this fight (high level analysis right there). He cannot strike with Johnson so his strategy will be to… out grapple him? Remember what Mighty Mouse did to high level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Wilson Reis? Reis was outstruck 108-16, lost the takedown advantage for the first time in his career, and was finished via submission also for the first time in his career. As Han Solo would say, “Good luck, you’re going to need it.”
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson is going to make history at UFC 215. Unfortunately, most people will choose to not watch the greatest fighter in the world. But I guarantee, they are going to miss him when he’s gone.
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