ByElias Cepeda, writer at
Elias Cepeda

Note: This list will be updated with any confirmed dates for upcoming Demetrious Johnson fights in 2017.

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has won an astounding 11 straight fights, five by way of submission or KO/TKO. His successful title-defense against TUF winner Tim Elliott was his ninth consecutive, and tied DJ with Georges St-Pierre for most UFC title-defenses in a row. Now, "Mighty Mouse" is just one more defense away from tying all-time leader Anderson Silva. To put it plainly, is already the best fighter in the world at just 30 years of age, and is knocking on the door of becoming the best in MMA history. After clearing out every top contender in his division, we turn now to the challenging task to attempt to predict who will Demetrious Johnson's next fight be against.

Who Will Demetrious Johnson's Next Fight Be Against?

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY

Mighty Mouse doesn't have any clear frontrunner to challenge him when he returns to action. His immediate plans are to stay inside his flyweight division long enough to give him a chance at tying and breaking Anderson Silva's all-time title-defense record, but Johnson has been so dominant in his reign at 125lbs reign that talk has turned back to whether or not he'll jump back up in weight to challenge at 135lbs where he once got so far as going the distance with champion Dominick Cruz in a title-fight.

Demetrious Johnson's Last 5 Fights

  • 12/3/16 - TUF 24 Finale: WIN vs. Tim Elliott (Unanimous Decision)
  • 4/23/16 - UFC 197: WIN vs. Henry Cejudo (1st Round TKO)
  • 9/5/15 - UFC 191: WIN vs. John Dodson (5th Round Submission)
  • 4/25/15 - UFC 186: WIN vs. Kyoji Horiguchi (Unanimous Decision)
  • 9/27/14 - UFC 178: WIN vs. Chris Cariaso (2nd Round Submission)

Demetrious Johnson's Potential Opponents

Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis

The Brazilian has already won his last two fights, and will have a chance to add a third consecutive win to his record when he faces Yuta Sasaki at UFC 208 on Feb. 11. Reis has shown both conditioning sufficient to win decisions (though so far only in three-round fights and not yet in five-round UFC championship contests) as well as nasty fight-ending submission skills on the mat. One more win will position him with the best current streak of any flyweight challenger.

Demetrious Johnson vs. Jussier "Formiga" Da Silva

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Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Da Silva likely needs to build on his current record a bit before making his best case for a title-shot against Johnson since he's only got a one-fight win streak. However, the Brazilian has won four out of his last five contests, earning a spot in the flyweight division's top-five, and is a serious submission threat. Da Silva also owns a recent win over fellow top-contender Wilson Reis.

Demetrious Johnson vs. Brandon Moreno

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Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

The Mexican contender has an argument for being higher on this list and in the rankings, what with his 10-straight victories, dating back to 2012. The 23 year-old has phenomenal submissions and youth on his side. It may be best for him to continue to gain experience before fighting for the title, but if he keeps winning as he has been, it will be hard to deny a crack at gold for much longer.

Demetrious Johnson vs. Louis Smolka

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Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

The Hawaiian had a four-fight win streak snapped in October by Brandon Moreno. Before that loss, "Da Last Samurai" was calling for a shot at Johnson. Now, he needs to regroup in his coming UFC 207 fight against Ray Borg. Still, Smolka has won 11 of his 13 career fights, and if he can beat Borg and add another win or two afterwards, he'll have a great argument as a title-threat.

Demetrious Johnson vs. Dominick Cruz II

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Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

At just 5'3, Johnson is simply too small for bantamweight. Even so, before the UFC added a flyweight division, the AMC Pankration fighter is skilled enough that he battled up the 135lbs ranks to become the number one contender at bantamweight. In 2011 Johnson went up against the division's then and now champ, Dominick Cruz. Cruz has at least five inches of height on Johnson, in addition to his considerable skill, and "The Dominator" was able to win a unanimous decision.

One can imagine a rematch between the two going similarly, if only because of the size-difference between them. However, if Johnson continues to dominate at flyweight, fans may demand a big-money rematch between the two. Basically, Dominick Cruz may be the only guy in two weight classes that has a shot at beating Johnson. Johnson has said he's open to a rematch, but that the UFC would have to pay him fairly for the risk. Although Cruz dropped the bantamweight title against Cody Garbrandt, there could still be interest in a rematch with Johnson considering that he's the last person to beat Mighty Mouse.

Demetrious Johnson vs. Cody Garbrandt

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Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports

The above scenario has emerged as a possibility considering that Garbrandt recently usurped Cruz from his lofty perch as bantamweight champion. "No Love" is already locked into a battle with TJ Dillashaw after the two wrap up their coaching duties on The Ultimate Fighter, but things are always subject to change.


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