To the casual MMA fan with a list of “Pound 4 Pound Best Fighters” or UFC Champions, names such as Anderson Silva, GSP, Cain Velasquez, and Jon Jones are synonymous with them. When asked where Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson should be ranked, more often than not the response would be “Who?” or “What the heck is a Flyweight?” Even as top 125 pounders in the sport, vying for the position as one of the elite fighters seems to be no easy task while wedged in a group of who’s who of mixed martial arts.
Johnson has won 6 out his last 7 fights via decision with victories over Ian McCall, Joseph Benavidez(to become the inaugural UFC Flyweight Champion), and outlasted a barrage of haymakers from The Ultimate Fighter 14 winner Jon Dodson in his first title defense. Currently ranked #7 in the UFC Pound for Pound Rankings, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson brings home field advantage as he defends his Flyweight Title for the second time headlining UFC on FOX 8, Saturday July 27, live from The Key Arena in Seattle. He’ll be taking on the unorthodox John Moraga in a 5 round championship tilt.
The challenger burst on to the UFC flyweight scene with an impressive TKO victory over Ulysses Gomez and a “Submission of the Night” finish over Chris Cariaso to bring his win streak to 7. Morgana will get his opportunity to dethrone the current champ in a fight originally set for April of this year, but was unfortunately cancelled after a shoulder injury forced Johnson to pull out.
Not one to be taken out the title picture, the brash newcomer has been vocal of his disagreement with those who hail Mighty Mouse as “The fastest man in Mix Martial Arts”:
“He runs around too much. He doesn’t fight. He doesn’t put on exciting fights. He’s got a lot of technique and a lot of skill, but he doesn’t finish people, I don’t feel. I think he’s boring.” Moraga recently told MMAWeekly. “He has very good timing with his takedowns. I don’t think he’s the greatest wrestler, but he just has good timing, and good timing is key in MMA wrestling.”
“He’s just not that fast.” The two-time All American wrestler at Arizona State Moraga added.
As The UFC readies itself for a stacked month of August they have targeted this 5 round title bout as the kick off to what is sure to be an exciting summer of fights. In an obvious clash of styles, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (17-2-1) who looks to use his defiant champion prowess, lighting quick speed, and excellent take down defense to stop the relentless wrestling attacks and one punch knockout power of No. 1 contender John Moraga (13-1-0). With a win at UFC on FOX 8, Johnson would solidify his place in the upper echelon of the sport and finally get that name recognition. Or would the man that not just 2 years ago was fighting in the independent circuit (Moraga), and has made a slash since arriving, be the one to put the UFC’s smallest division on the map? One thing can be assured after all the dust has cleared on July 27th, there will be no doubt to even the casual that the UFC Flyweights are HERE.