LAS VEGAS – UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson used his opponent’s fighting truth opposite him to mangle a UFC’s all-time pretension invulnerability record during UFC 216.
Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) was listening when Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) pronounced in an talk he favourite to dissapoint his opponents’ change to trigger winning scrambles. When he saw an event to do a same, he seized it and pulled off his eye-popping armbar.
“A integrate of weeks ago, he was observant when somebody’s planted, we have to change their weight, and when they change their weight, they’re light,” Johnson pronounced during a pay-per-view event’s post-fight news discussion during T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “So we kneed him, and afterwards we shook his weight – we shifted his weight, and when he shifted, he went behind and threw and elbow, and we was like, ‘Got you.’”
Got you, indeed. In a fifth round, Johnson hoisted Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in a atmosphere and sealed his arm on a approach down, alighting in position to finish a fight. Although Borg fought mightily to equivocate a tap, he couldn’t do so though risking serious repairs to his arm.
It wasn’t a initial time Johnson had pulled off such a move, that he dubbed a “Mighty Armbar,” as improvisational as it seemed. He had pulled it off several times in use for UFC 215, creatively scheduled for his try during a all-time UFC record before Borg fell ill and was forced to repel a day before a fight.
But a ubiquitous open would never have famous it was coming, since Johnson has a despotic sequence of privacy when it comes to his work in a gym.
“You see a lot of people that are doing their V-logs – we don’t uncover any of my training,” he said. “I only don’t do it. It’s nothing of your guys’ business what I’m doing in a gym. But we do have a (UFC) ‘Embedded’ organisation come out there, and we uncover my warmup, and they’re like, ‘Dude, we need to let us film your sparring, since a things you’re doing in sparring, you’re indeed doing in a octagon.’
“When we was in Edmonton (for UFC 215), we was most throwing people up. we do it all a time in a gym.”
Johnson wasn’t using a standard report for a rescheduled fight, however. When a graduation pushed behind a fight, it combined one month to a stay in that he’d postulated an different knee injury, concerning his team.
“When we was adult in Edmonton, we had an damage we was going to quarrel through, and (coach) Matt (Hume) was like, ‘Uh, we need to get that looked at,’” Johnson said. “When it got pushed back, we was like, great, now we have to go into training stay harmed and try not to make it worse.”
Thankfully, Johnson managed to make it to Saturday’s fight, and he put on another opening for a ages in his 11th uninterrupted pretension defense. He is now a central record-holder after pulling forward of former middleweight champ Anderson Silva, a longtime screw of that accolade. Plus, he’s unfailing for a No. 1 mark in a USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA pound-for-pound rankings, complimenting his stranglehold on a flyweight list.
“It’s unequivocally good not to hear Anderson Silva’s name subsequent to my name,” Johnson said. “Now, who has a longest power of pretension defenses? Demetrious Johnson does.”
The subsequent sequence of business for Johnson is to find out what’s going on with his knee.
“I have to get an MRI,” he said. “I can pierce fine, though when we lay behind on my knees, if try to lay on my knees and try to take my boundary to my heels, only agonizing pain in my right knee. we don’t know what it is – I’m going to get it looked at.”
In a meantime, a lot of people are going to be looking during what he pulled off in a octagon. After explaining how he used Borg’s trick, he paused for effect.
“Yeah,” he exhaled in a ridicule tough-guy voice. “(Expletive) yeah.”