The men's flyweight division within the UFC can at times be overlooked. With Conor McGregor and Jon Jones, not many fans seem to give time for the smaller stature of the flyweight fighter.
However, the 125-pound division is home to one of the most exciting fighters the UFC has ever seen. The current flyweight champion, Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson.
Johnson's expert technique inside the cage, ability to adapt and overcome any challenge thrown at him is seen as a lackluster substitute for another bout. He is a master of his craft, executing near perfect game plans that fit each of his opponents yet somehow has yet to captivate the masses.
Of course, the UFC could of helped Demetrious Johnson's situation by slotting him on some big fight cards as co-main or support. Instead, they keep booking him as a headline act – which is exactly what Demetrious Johnson is – but for some reason the wider MMA audience hasn't picked that up yet.
So Why Should We Care About DJ?
Well ... he's arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet right now. Johnson has an incredible professional record of 24-2. He's never tasted that black hole of a knockout, as both defeats against Dominick Cruz and Brad Pickett came via decision.
Following UFC 197, it was hard for anyone to argue that Johnson isn't the best pound-for-pound fighter in the game right now. Smoking Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo midway through the first round in his eighth title defense led to UFC President Dana White rethinking his entire game plan when it came to the 24th season of the UFC's reality show, The Ultimate Fighter. The show will revolve around the flyweight division this season, with the winner getting an automatic title shot. White confirmed that the reason for this was to see what's out there and who in the world could possibly stand up against Johnson.
A criticism leveled at the flyweight champ in the past has been his strength of opposition. Of course, this isn't DJ's problem. Rather it's the UFC's. The 125-pound division isn't filled with superstar names, and the fact of the matter is Johnson will fight anyone who is put in front of him. For years Ronda Rousey stormed through her division with no real challenge, yet she was met with praise, and not the same patronizing questions and criticism Johnson has endured.
Johnson's style of fighting is also an electrifying event to behold. Always looking for the finish, "Mighty Mouse" is an opportunistic fighter who can change his game plan at the blink of an eye. Although he does take risks, they are always calculated. He understands that fighting is his job and so too is victory. He'll not risk his belt over attempts to get a rise from a crowd. That's not his style and never will be. Believe it or not, that's OK.
Even tough he's down in the flyweight division, Demetrious Johnson is still on the way to cementing his name in the history books of MMA. Previously stating he still feels like he's getting better, the 5-foot-3-inch fighter has his eyes firmly fixed on breaking Anderson Silva's title defense record.
It looks like Johnson will do just that. Never one to runaway from a fight, fans are now calling for a rematch against Cruz. With DJ firmly fixed on breaking that Silva title record, it would take something big to detour his goal.
Don't believe us? Let Joe Rogan walk you through eight times DJ wrecked dudes.