The always impressive Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson made waves on this past weekend, with a flawless performance against Kyoji Horiguchi. Johnson extended his winning streak putting his title defenses record at six, which puts him at third behind active champions, Aldo(7) and Jones(8). Perhaps more impressively, this also puts him in 5th place for title defenses of all time, with St. Pierre(9) and Silva (10) ranking ahead of the other three. If all that weren’t enough, Johnson also managed to nab the latest submission of all time in both the history and the future of the UFC, as he set the unbeatable record of 4:59 of the 5th round. With all this going for the champ, people haven’t been able to stop talking about him. With this performance, it seems inevitable that big things are headed his way.

Or least that’s how it should be. Despite a stellar record, likable persona, fantastic technical nonstop performances, and six successful title defenses against quality opposition, Johnson still doesn’t seem to draw the crowds or the enthusiasm of his larger peers. Despite a fantastic performance from the champion, audiences didn’t seem thrilled. With low gate numbers, alleged fans leaving during the main event, and audible boo’s Mighty Mouse is just not a big draw for many.

With other stars like the Irishman Connor McGregor’s recently announced a  six-part documentary series, and Jon Jones’ recent hit and run scandal, Johnson is constantly overshadowed by other fighter’s antics. But true to his character, Johnson doesn’t seem to care. While he’s not known for his prefight antics or trash talk, Johnson is blunt on who he is, and what he’s about. At the prefight press event Johnson stated, “…my job is to go out there and perform at the highest level of mixed martial arts, keep on winning and keep my belt…Now, if people don’t want to tune in, that’s their f—–g bad. But they’re going to miss a kick-ass fight between me and Kyoji Horiguchi.”

True to his word, Johnson put on a fantastic performance. He did what he does, he won, and he did it in extremely impressive fashion. It seems inevitable that fame will be coming soon for the flyweight king. If you build it, they will come. And Johnson is set to build a legacy.

True fight fans will appreciate the brilliance that is “Mighty Mouse” and will continue to support him. The biggest fan of them all, Dana White spoke for the hardcore fans at the post fight presser when he said, “I don’t give a sh*t what people are doing, I’m watching the fight.”

About The Author

Josh Souter
Staff Writer

Josh Souter was raised in the state of Hawaii, where he recently completed his B.A. in English, before moving out to Denver with his wife. When not obsessing over MMA he enjoys training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, reading, writing, and working with computers.