Demetrious Johnson thinks he’s ‘one of the best flyweights’ ever

In a career that spanned almost two decades, Demetrious Johnson proved himself to be one of, if not the best, flyweight fighter in combat sports history. Friday at ONE on Prime Video 1, “Mighty Mouse” will get the chance to prove it once again when he meets reigning ONE Championship flyweight king Adriano Moraes.

Of course, this will be the second time that ‘DJ’ and ‘Mikinho’ will face off inside the circle. Their first meeting in April 2021 left fans stunned when the Brazilian champion gave a crushing knee to a dejected ‘DJ’, knocking him out for the first time in his career.

While the loss did nothing to damage Johnson’s already solidified legacy as a great flyweight, a victory in the highly anticipated rematch could make Johnson one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in history. Sport. Speaking to The MMA Super-Fan on YouTube, Johnson confirmed his belief that he was one of the greatest flyweights in the sport, but stopped short of calling himself the greatest of all time.

“Well, I admit I’m one of the best flyweights to ever walk the planet earth, 1000% I’ll say that. I mean up to the greatest of all time – with Jon Jones, Khabib [Nurmagomedov]all these guys – I’ll leave that to the community.

Johnson doubled down on his statement, saying the stats don’t lie when it comes to his accomplishments as an elite-level flyweight.

“But there hasn’t been a flyweight that’s done what I did, that imposes their will or their game, has there? I really believe it. The stats speak for themselves, even in America and here, so for me, I’ll say it.

Watch the interview below:

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Demetrious Johnson acknowledges the biggest challenge is the size difference between him and Adriano Moraes

The biggest difficulty that Demetrious Johnson faced in his first outing with Adriano Moraes, and will face in the rematch, is the significant difference in height and length. In a recent interview with the NY Post, ‘Mighty Mouse’ was asked about the height difference and whether Moraes felt any different to other taller opponents he’s faced in the past. He has answered:

“Well, of course, yes. It is [5-foot-8]. You feel it when you try to reach it. And then obviously, when he’s lying on top of you, he has longer limbs that entangle you. So when I fought Tatsumitsu Wada [in 2019], I was thinking the same thing: just long bodies, long legs. It’s just the weight class I’m in.

Demetrious Johnson has discussed taking a more measured approach in the impending rematch. With renewed interest in grappling and having previously shared the circle with the world flyweight champion, fans should expect a very different Demetrious Johnson to ONE on Prime Video 1.

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