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It's no secret that Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson beats all challengers on the largest stages provided by the UFC, but he's finally going to do the same thing in a virtual environment.

The current longest reigning UFC champ, Johnson has been streaming his gameplay on Twitch and unlocking subscribers left and right ever since. He's gathered a massive following (called the "Mighty Squad") on the rapidly growing streaming platform, and Johnson has just stormed Twitch's massive conference this weekend. Even the pro gamers fanboy over Mighty Mouse.

After all the fun and games, there's more serious fun and games. On the last day of TwitchCon, is the H1Z1 Invitational.

“H1Z1 is an amazing concept. I love how it’s totally random,” Johnson told Yahoo Esports. “You get dropped into ‘The Jungle’ with nothing, and if you get into a fight and lose, you lose everything. That random aspect of the game intrigues me.”

H1Z1 is a post-apocalyptic MMO (massive-multiplayer-online) game, and 60 other players will fight it out in the Invitational to see who can outlast whom. Johnson will be one of those players, and will test his combat skills on a huge esports stage. Just check out these numbers from last year's H1Z1 Invitational from their official website:

The H1Z1 Invitational is a frenzied kill-or-be-killed spectacle, in which every player has one goal in mind: be the last one standing. Last year at TwitchCon, the prize pool reached over $173,000 USD, awarding the winners Ninja (Game 1) and Mr. Grimmmz (Game 2) $19,932 USD each. Since H1Z1: King of the Kill is nearly as fun to watch as it is to play, the 2015 H1Z1 Invitational gathered over 140k concurrent viewers on Twitch, as well as a packed, standing-room-only on-site arena.

If there was proof of esports' meteoric growth, it would be that the current prize pool total for the H1Z1 Invitational is $267,244.

“Esports is growing. The guys investing time and money into esports believe in it,” Johnson said. “If opportunities like H1Z1’s Invitational or promoting or training with Infiltration for Street Fighter V arise, I’d love to be a part of it.”

As Johnson readies himself for his first major moment in esports, other MMA fighters like Angela Hill (who spoke to us before about Twitch) and Bubba Jenkins also enjoy TwitchCon.

In another year, will this be a massive event for other MMA fighters?


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