Once again, injuries have taken their toll on a UFC pay per view, and once again they have forced UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson into the role of headliner. As a headliner, Johnson has failed to deliver; whether it be his size, his lack of charisma or a combination of both. Johnson has simply failed to connect with the MMA fan base.

But while Johnson has failed to prove his ability to effectively headline a major UFC pay per view, he hasn’t failed inside the Octagon.

Since the creation of the flyweight division by the UFC Johnson has flourished, going 7-0-1 in eight bouts. Johnson captured the inaugural UFC flyweight title at UFC 152 in September of 2012 and he hasn’t looked back since, defending the title five consecutive times.

With each successful defense, Johnson has separated himself further from the rest of the flyweight pack. His excellence has been so great at flyweight that you have to ask yourself “Is Johnson the most dominant champion in the UFC today?”

That’s a tough question, because in addition to Johnson the UFC is home to three other utterly domination champions: light heavyweight Jon Jones, featherweight Jose Aldo and women’s bantamweight Ronda Rousey. All three could lay claim to the title “Most Dominant” but none of them quite have the argument Johnson does at this point.

Divisional Depth

An important component when evaluating dominance has to be the level of competition, or in Johnson’s case lack thereof. Only five title defenses in and Johnson has already defeated every relevant challenger in the division. Add that to the fact that none of the fights have been particularly close and you can see that there is no one on Johnson’s level at flyweight, period. The same can be said for Rousey, but the fact that the talent at the top of the flyweight division is better than the top of the women’s bantamweight division gives Johnson the edge.

Technical Brilliance

There are better strikers in MMA than Johnson and there are better grapplers, but no one in the sport puts it all together better than the flyweight champion. His ability to chain his striking to his wrestling to his submission game is simply brilliant. And the pace at which he does it all is flat-out amazing. Between his textbook footwork, his speed, and his constant movement, there are times when Johnson is a blur in the cage. Johnson is what young fighters should aspire to be technically speaking.

Activity Level

Since September of 2012, Johnson has competed in six UFC title fights; UFC 186 marks his seven title bout. During that same period of time Jones has competed five times, Rousey has competed five times, and Aldo has competed four times. Dominant champions compete on a regular basis and Johnson has done that more than any other champion on the UFC roster. That consistency combined with everything else makes him the most dominant champion in the UFC today.

About The Author

RJ Gardner
Content Coordinator

RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.