HYDEN BLOG: Demetrious Johnson is the GOAT at Flyweight

By: Frank Hyden, MMATorch Senior Columnist

No Bellator or UFC events this week and I’m not feeling well so I’ll
just touch upon Demetrious Johnson winning the ONE Flyweight

Demetrious Johnson knocked out ONE Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes
with a flying knee at 3:50 of the fourth round to regain the ONE
Flyweight Championship. Johnson improved his MMA record to 31-4-1
while Moraes dropped to 20-4 and had his 3 fight winning streak
snapped. Moraes is a 3-time ONE Flyweight Champion and has made 4
successful defenses of that title.
Johnson is a 1-time ONE Flyweight Champion and a 1-time UFC Flyweight
Champion with 11 successful title defenses and is widely regarded as
one of the greatest fighters of all-time. I should also note that the
ONE flyweight division is 135lbs. while the UFC flyweight division is
I don’t think it would be controversial to say that Johnson is the
best flyweight of all-time. Henry Cejudo has a victory over him by
Split Decision in 2018 but he also lost to Johnson by TKO back in
2016. Johnson also just avenged his loss to Moraes and his other two
losses came at bantamweight back in 2010 and 2011. And again I guess I
should mention that the flyweight division in ONE is 135lbs., like the
bantamweight division in the UFC. So it depends on how wide you want
to cast that net? Do you include featherweight guys when you start
comparing Johnson to others?
If you open up that can of worms it introduces a whole new list of
people when you start talking all-timers. You’d have guys like Urijah
Faber, Dominick Cruz, Jose Aldo, Renan Barao, Max Holloway, and so on.
You’d have a ton of guys on that list but it’d be hard to argue
against Johnson versus any of them.
I think you could argue that Johnson is the best Flyweight right now.
UFC Flyweight Champion Deiveson Figueiredo (won 6 of his last 8 with a
draw in there) and UFC Bantamweight Championship Aljamain Sterling (7
straight wins) could stake their claim to that but I think I would go
with Johnson. This might be recency bias but I would say he’s the best
Flyweight ever and one of the greatest fighters ever.

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