Demetrious Johnson has finally started adding UFC belts to his championship collection.
Despite being ranked as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world with ten title defenses to his name, Demetrious Johnson only had one flyweight belt to his collection heading into UFC on FOX 24.
It’s somewhat of a company tradition to hand each UFC champion a new belt for each consecutive title defense, and fighters like Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier are walking around with multiple titles while Mighty Mouse only has one.
‘DJ’ battered and submitted Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champion Wilson Reis to retain his title for the 10th time in Saturday night’s main event and has finally started adding to his own collection.
“I’m taking this motherf***er home,” Johnson told reporters at UFC on FOX 24’s post-fight press conference, per MMA Fighting’s Dave Doyle. “Now I have two belts. I got two belts.”
Johnson, who is owed eight more belts, wants to take a picture with all the titles to really put an exclamation point on his fantastic achievements in the sport. The 30-year-old is now tied with former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva for the most title defenses in UFC history.
“I’ll sit down with Dana White and talk to him,” Johnson said. “I just want to capture that photo, that Floyd Mayweather has done, Andre Ward just did it, all of the belts. I’ll bring my amateur belts. I just want to show the process I went through to get these belts. Sometimes when I take a minute to smell the roses, it’s like, damn, I’ve been champ since 2012, September in Toronto, Canada. And I’m still here today.”
DJ is still open to a fight with bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt but told ‘No Love’ that he should drop down to 125 lbs. to make it happen.
“The whole thing with Cody is, I’ve never turned anyone down who’s come to my weight class,” Johnson said. “I have nothing but love for the guy, but at the same time, he just won a belt. I defended it 10 times and have been in the sport longer than he has. If he comes down to 125, we welcome it. But he doesn’t get to dictate. Maybe he does get to dictate according to Dana White, but at the end of the day, it is what it is.
“If [White] deems him ready for a title shot, perfect. Until then, he has to fight TJ DIllashaw. They just signed Marlon Moraes, and Dominick Cruz is still there. For me, I’m just focused on making history. Eleven title defenses, and then I have options.”
Johnson is already considered the best P4P talent in the world but with eleven title defenses to his name, the defending champ would etch his name into history books as arguably the greatest MMA fighter to compete in the Octagon.