“Mighty Mouse” thinks three fighters could potentially break his legendary title defense record.
Demetrious Johnson holds the record for most consecutive UFC title defenses with 11. However, it is a record that hasn’t been close to being broken. Former middleweight king Anderson Silva held the record for some time with ten successful title defenses, but Johnson passed him up with an epic flying armbar submission of Ray Borg back in 2017.
Johnson would lose his belt in his next outing to Henry Cejudo and then leave the UFC a few months later.
The Big Three
On Wednesday, “Mighty Mouse” appeared on The MMA Hour to discuss who he thinks has the best chance of breaking his title defense record.
“Usman is at four title defenses – four or five. And I think Izzy is at three or four. I think those three will be the closest ones to set a new record, but when I look at it, it’s like, it took me six years.”
Johnson continued, “So I think those three athletes can do it, but it takes a long time, especially with injuries and finding the right opponents, and now it’s about what fight is going to make me the most money. It’s not about who’s next in line, ‘I’m going to fight you. I’m going to fight you in two months. Oh, you want some too? I’m going to beat you in three months.’ It’s like, we need to blow this fight up so we can sell it, so we can make as money as possible. And then obviously Shevchenko, I don’t know if she wants to get pregnant or she wants children, so all that stuff plays a factor into it as well.”
If Johnson were to pick three, he chose the right ones.
Shevchenko is going into her seventh defense when she goes into her fight this June at UFC 275 against Taila Santos. The “Bullet” has looked untouchable.
Usman defended his belt for the fifth time last November when he defeated Colby Covington. It looks like he will defend his belt again against Leon Edwards in July.
Adesanya defended his belt for the fourth time in February when he defeated Robert Whittaker for the second time.
Who do you think will be the one to eclipse Johnson’s record?