Check out BloodyElbow.com’s recap of the UFC on FOX 24 main event between UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and Wilson Reis.
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defended his title for the tenth time in the UFC on FOX 24 main event in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday night against Wilson Reis, tying Anderson Silva’s consecutive title defense record.
“Mighty Mouse” put up one of his most impressive victories to date, outclassing and overwhelming his Brazilian opponent. Johnson has run through the majority of his flyweight title challengers, but arguably not as much as he did against Reis.
Reis entered the biggest fight of his career a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, but he was unable to score any takedowns against the pound-for-pound king. Johnson was two steps ahead on the feet, his standup game as sharp as can be. Reis struggled to close the distance and land essentially any offense at all.
Johnson got Reis to the mat late in the second round and mauled him with ground-and-pound, nearly forcing the referee to step in. The fight went to the third round in which Johnson would finish Reis. After another dominant round on the feet for the champ, he took Reis down late in the round, and after landing more ground-and-pound, he locked in a slick armbar for the win.
What was the highlight of the fight?
Johnson beat Reis at his own game. That’s the highlight of the fight. The 30-year-old tore Reis apart in the striking department for the majority of the fight, but almost as if he wanted to prove a point, he tapped the grappler out, becoming the first fighter to submit Reis.
Where do these two go from here?
Johnson needs to win one more time in his flyweight title reign to break the title defense record, and that is what he’ll want to do next. After that, though, I would like to see “Mighty Mouse” return to the 135-pound division and challenge its champion, Cody Garbrandt, or whoever is at the top of the bantamweight division when the time comes for Johnson to move up in weight.
This loss means very little for Reis, other than the fact he won’t be champ at flyweight (especially if Johnson never leaves the weight class). Though his No. 3 ranking is a little steep, considering he’s lost to Jussier Formiga within the past two years, he’s still a really good flyweight. He’ll fight someone closer to his skill level next time out.
Watch now, later, or never?
Johnson is one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC. He’s just so talented. Watch now.
Mighty Mouse ties Anderson Silva for ten straight title defenses. Chasing history! Congrats to the CHAMP. #AndStill pic.twitter.com/S9xnTSPmi3
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) April 16, 2017