Conor McGregor may have been getting all the attention today, but Demetrious Johnson was the one winning awards.
While his relationship with the UFC might be damaged at this point, Demetrious Johnson’s stellar track record in the cage continues to flourish, and he has picked up a big accolade as a result of his work. The UFC’s only flyweight champion ever was chosen over the likes of Conor McGregor, Andre Ward, and Gennady Golovkin to win the ESPY Award for Best Fighter.
The win was announced on ESPN’s show tonight.
Johnson (26-2-1, 14-1-1 UFC) has defended his flyweight title ten times in a row, and is looking to break Anderson Silva’s record with his eleventh consecutive title defense in his next fight. Who that fight would be against has been a subject of some debate between the UFC and Mighty Mouse though – the promotion tried to push him to a bout with former bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, but Johnson held his ground and said he’d prefer to fight Ray Borg instead, who was next in line at 125.
The Seattle-based fighter is widely considered to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and hasn’t lost in almost six years. Despite all of the attention on McGregor right now due to his upcoming boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, the man that has defended his title twice in the past eight months was chosen over the outspoken Irish fighter.