Demetrious Johnson Defends UFC Title For Record-Tying 10th Time

Demetrious Johnson
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While most of us headed to the California desert for Coachella this weekend, the UFC put on a notable event where flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson made history.

During UFC Fight Night in Kansas City on Saturday (April 15), the champ tied Anderson Silva’s mark of 10 consecutive UFC title defenses, when he submitted Wilson Reis (22-7) via armbar at 4:49 of the third round. It capped off a dominating performance by the 125-pound UFC champ, who had outlanded Reis in total strikes 135 to 18, according to Fightmetric.

After the victory, Johnson (26-2-1) declared himself the greatest of all time. “I think the crowd recognizes it,” he said after the fight to cheers from the crowd. “[Georges] St-Pierre, Anderson Silva — they were great champions. But I’m the best champion to ever stand in this Octagon.”

He was then asked if he wanted to remain a flyweight and break the record with another defense or if he’d like to move up in weight. He said he is interested in moving up… but only if the price is right. “I already told [UFC president] Dana White I need seven figures [to move up],” Johnson said. “I need that million-dollar payday.”

In addition to his 10th title defense, Johnson is also on a 12-fight win streak.

Johnson is widely considered the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, including rankings by the UFC and ESPN.