Discover why ‘Mighty Mouse’ Demetrious Johnson is considered the greatest of all time in mixed martial arts. Read about his journey and unparalleled achievements.
Reigning ONE flyweight world champion ‘Mighty Mouse’ Demetrious Johnson is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished mixed martial artists in history. However, according to ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, Johnson’s recent success in the organization solidifies his status as the greatest of all time.
In a guest appearance on Just Scrap Radio for BJPenn.com, Sityodtong expressed his belief that Johnson’s ability to bounce back from setbacks and capture the ONE world title is undeniable proof of his GOAT (Greatest of All Time) status. Sityodtong stated, "He had some setbacks in ONE, you know. DJ got knocked out for the first time in his career in general, but then he bounced back and I guess proved again, once again, why he’s the GOAT of mixed martial arts."
Johnson’s Journey in ONE Championship
Demetrious Johnson joined ONE Championship in 2019 and quickly made his mark in the flyweight division. However, his undefeated streak came to an end at ONE on TNT 1 when he faced former divisional kingpin Adriano ‘Mikinho’ Moraes and was knocked out with a devastating knee strike.
Undeterred by the setback, Johnson showcased his resilience and determination. He rebounded by defeating Rodtang Jitmuangnon in a special-rules detour and earned himself a rematch against Moraes. In a thrilling showdown, Johnson emerged victorious, reclaiming his status as a champion and solidifying his legacy.
The Unparalleled Achievements
According to Sityodtong, Johnson’s accomplishments set him apart from any other fighter in the sport. Not only does he hold the record for the most title defenses in the UFC, but he has also achieved the remarkable feat of winning world titles in two of the largest organizations in the world.
Sityodtong emphasized, "I mean, literally, you know, no one’s achieved what he’s achieved. You know, obviously with the record title defenses in the UFC, but also winning a world title in two of the largest organizations in the world."