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Demetrious Johnson eyeing Anderson Silva’s record for title defenses, bigger paydays

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If Demetrious Johnson is still being overlooked as one of the UFC’s greatest champions, it isn’t because Johnson doesn’t carry himself that way. “Mighty Mouse,” who defends his flyweight belt for the eighth time against Henry Cejudo at UFC 197 on April 23 in Las Vegas, wants to leave an undeniable mark on the game.

As in the best of all time.

And right now Anderson Silva’s remarkable feat of defending the middleweight title 10 times between 2006 and 2013 stands as a UFC record. Johnson, who is two fights away from tying Silva, wants to insert his name in the record books by surpassing Silva’s golden mark.

“It’s important,” Johnson said during a Monday appearance on The MMA Hour. “It’s a goal. It’s a goal for me, and I think that me having that goal super high, or high on my priority list, is something I’m shooting for. And actually it would f*cking dope if everybody was like, ‘Demetrious Johnson, UFC champion with 15 consecutive title defenses, never got injured, beat all his opponents!'”

The 29-year old Johnson has faced a fairly diverse variety of styles during his run as the 125-pound king — from sambo champion Ali Bagautinov to karate exemplar Kyoji Horiguchi. His next challenge will be to face the Olympic gold medalist in wrestling Cejudo, who is undefeated (10-0).

Beating guys like Cejudo, who have significant moorings in a given discipline, is part of what Johnson wants to be remembered for.

“I think that’s something dope to look back when whoever purchases the company after Dana [White] and Lorenzo [Fertitta] are done, they look at see my name and think, he had 15 title defenses, look at this…why was he so successful? What was he so good at? What made him so different ….View full article

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