Most UFC champions get a new championship belt for every time they successfully defend their title in the Octagon. However, that does not seem to be the case for Demetrious Johnson, one of the most dominant champions the UFC has ever had.
“Mighty Mouse” has defended his flyweight title nine consecutive times and is set to defend it once again this weekend at UFC on FOX 24 against Wilson Reis. This 10th title defense lines Johnson up to tie Anderson Silva for the most consecutive title defenses in UFC history if he gets his hand raised on Saturday night. Interestingly, Johnson told the media (transcription by MMA Fighting) this week that he only has a single UFC championship belt in his possession and isn’t happy about it.
“I’m getting pissed off about that,” Johnson exclaimed (starting at 3:25 of the video). “I saw Daniel Cormier get three damn belts, so Dana White, WME-IMG, whoever writes the checks, give me eight damn belts please, and then I [already have one, so] nine if I win this one. I’ll take it home. I’m going to start collecting these belts. Michael Bisping has two belts and I’m just a nice guy, just a company man, I come here and fight and then they take the belt away from me and I’m like, ‘alright, peace. Call me when you want me to come fight again.’ And that’s it. But now I’m seeing these guys with three belts, and I’m like, I only got one belt and have to share it with two of my kids.”
Johnson has kept quiet about not being able to take a new belt home for every title defense but says that he wants to create a historic photo showing all of his championship successes.
“If the UFC wants to give me nine belts, if I’m successful on Saturday, I’ll take the belt home — if they send me eight more — then I can do one of the things I’ve always wanted to do,” Johnson stated. “Floyd Mayweather has a picture with his all his championship belts, and I think Andre Ward just did it too. And I think it would be cool if I can re-create that same image in mixed martial arts. You got Conor holding up two belts, two weight champion, and I think it would be cool if I were successful and got to 11, and had just 11 UFC titles and have my amateur belts, and be like this is the road I took to get here.”
What are your thoughts on Demetrious Johnson not being able to take a new UFC belt home with him after each of his successful title fights? Let’s get your thoughts in the comment section!
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/14/2017.