With an impressive professional record that features just two losses, ‘Mighty Mouse’ is looking to tie MMA legend Anderson Silva’s record for most title defenses this Saturday when he steps into the Octagon with Wilson Reis.
Ahead of the fight, Demetrious Johnson spoke to MMAJunkie to explain what makes him so dominant, his ability to make adjustments during fights:
“I think I’m one of the best in the world – there’s not another guy out there who can mix it up as good as I can,”
“I’ve been in fights when I’ve gotten dropped multiple times in a fight,” he said. “It’s always funny – (people) look back at the Tim Elliott fight and go, ‘Oh, that 1:45 was the toughest test (of your career),’ and I go, ‘You must’ve forgot about my first (John) Dodson fight, my friend. Or my Dominick Cruz fight. Or my Brad Pickett fight.’ But I always remember the past and remember what I did to get here.
“If I get dropped, I’ll make adjustments. If a guy keeps taking me down, I’ll make adjustments. It’s always about making adjustments, and I think there aren’t a lot of guys out there who can make those adjustments in the fight.”
While Johnson may be able to tie Anderson Silva’s record for most title defenses this Saturday, he could very well find himself lined up with bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt in his next fight, where he could pass Anderson Silva for most title defenses. Leading up to his fight with Reis, Johnson has found himself called out by ‘No Love’ who of course is currently gearing up for his first potential bantamweight title defense against former teammate TJ Dillashaw.
But first, Johnson must get past Wilson Reis.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/14/2017.