Dana White: ‘Demetrious Johnson Could Be the GOAT’

Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson tied the record for most consecutive UFC title defenses when he submitted Wilson Reis in the UFC on FOX 24 main event on Saturday in Kansas City, Mo. He and former middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva share the record.

Silva head the 185-pound title for seven years.  He’s widely considered the greatest fighter of all time.  But records are made to be broken, and Johnson is knocking on the door of history.  He’s cleared out the 125-pound division to the point that the fight promotion dedicated an entire season of The Ultimate Fighter searching the world over for a viable contender. 

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Johnson is currently ranked as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world. UFC president Dana White believes he could be the new greatest of all time. 

Demetrious Johnson TUF 24 Finale Post-Fight“He’s got one more fight and he breaks Anderson Silva’s record. He’s already the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, and he strives to be better each time. And he gets better each time, literally destroying people,” said White during the UFC on FOX 24 post-fight press conference

“This kid could be considered the GOAT right now.  Or to give Anderson Silva the true respect, you wait until he actually breaks the record,” added White. 

Johnson’s reign atop the 125-pound division has no end in sight.  He’s beaten everyone.  It would be hard to argue that he’s not the most dominant champion in UFC history, and White believes that he is the GOAT. 

“It’s hard not to call this guy the greatest of all time.”

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  • macarrech

    Its a shame that weight class dont get much attention.

    • deepgrim

      its because he has no competition, and its hard to view his wins credibly when the quality of opposition isnt that high, quite a lot of the smaller weight classes are getting all the ufc focus right now, 135 has a cruz, dillashaw and cody, mc gregor brought a lot of attention to 45 and khabib and ferguson at 55 is the most anticipated fight in years.

  • Neil Jackson

    Let’s see him go up 25 pounds in weight like Conor did.
    If he goes up 10 pounds in weight he gets smashed by Cruz, Dillashaw, and Garbrandt.
    Wilson Reis couldn’t strike or wrestle worth a dam, all he had was BJJ.
    Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, GSP, all fought much tougher competition.

    There are only so many ELITE MEN that are 125 lbs or 265 lbs.
    The Best fighters are in the middle somewhere.
    Nobody buys his ppvs because his personality is atrocious.
    He has less humility than Cam Newton and Ronda COMBINED.

    Anderson Silva had 16 wins in a row, he didn’t get credit for beating Travis Lutter because the idiot Lutter missed weight. He also went up 20 pounds to Light Heavy Weight and won 3 times.

    Mighty Mouse will get DESTROYED at 135

  • TheCerealKiller

    Outside of Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson, his entire record of wins is a great big pile of “who?” He had a draw with McCall, lost twice at 135 and did not have an easy fight with the local circuit champ Tim Elliott. It’s like comparing a high school QB that is undefeated for three years to Tom Brady. The level of competition says more than the actual record.