Following his finish of John Moraga at UFC on Fox 8 on Saturday night, Demetrious Johnson is already looking forward to his next in-cage appearance.

While “Mighty Mouse” asserted his happiness to continue defending his UFC flyweight title, Johnson (Pictured, file photo) also said he is game for another kind of fight.

“I’ve beaten the best of the best in the flyweight division, but there are still up-and-coming fighters in there. I know there are some key matchups coming up pretty soon,” Johnson said at the post-fight press conference.

“There are still a couple of flyweights out there I haven’t fought, and I wouldn’t mind fighting them -- whatever the UFC wants me to do. I think everybody was focused on Anderson Silva and [Georges St. Pierre], but I think we can make some fun superfights down in the lighter weight divisions with the flyweights fighting the bantamweights. Let’s see what happens. I’m just here to fight and have fun and put on a good performance for the UFC and the fans.”

Johnson, who has also beaten Joseph Benavidez, Ian McCall and Jon Dodson since joining the UFC’s nascent flyweight division last year, put forth arguably the most impressive performance of his career tonight at Seattle’s KeyArena by submitting Moraga in the fifth round. After using his wrestling to control Moraga for the majority of the 25-minute contest, Johnson tapped his larger challenger with a last-minute armbar to retain his belt, marking the champ’s first stoppage win in the UFC.

“My job in the gym is to train to finish. I was trying to finish him in the first round with a guillotine, and then I had opportunities with the kimura. Then in the fifth round, even though I was ahead on the scorecards, I’m never just relaxing and trying to coast. My job is to finish and push the pace. [The opportunity] arose, and I just took it,” said Johnson. “I’m just trying to evolve my game. I’m a white belt in jiu-jitsu, so I’m just using my wrestling to get to a position where I can use the submission. It just so happened that the opportunity was there. Usually when I fight guys, they shell up.”

Despite his masterful performance, Johnson gave credit to Moraga, who gamely fought out of Johnson’s prior submission attempts and top control.

“John Moraga was doing a good job,” said Johnson. “Out of all the people I’ve fought, he’s the one who showed up in shape and never gassed out. He was always there, every single round. He’s a tough guy.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Six bouts added to Sao Paulo Fight Night

  • 28 days ago

In addition to Saturday's announcement of the Sao Paulo main event between Alexander Gustafsson and Rogerio Nogueira, UFC officials also made six more bouts official for November 19th's UFC Fight Nig read news >>

Bellator 163 lineup set with addition of Ed Ruth, Tyrell Fortune MMA debuts in Connecticut

  • 16 days ago

Next month’s Bellator return to Connecticut now is complete with the addition of six fights for the preliminary card, including the highly touted pro MMA debuts of a pair of elite collegiate wrestler read news >>

ONE Championship 49 lineup complete with addition of 3 fights to November card in Singapore

  • 16 days ago

Next month’s “ONE Championship: Defending Honor” lineup is complete with the addition of three new fights to a card that is topped with two title bouts.Filed under: News read news >>

Reminder: TUF 24 Finale tickets on sale today with pound-for-pound No. 1 Demetrious Johnson

  • 9 days ago

As a reminder, tickets for the next live finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” go on sale to the general public today.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC Sacramento: Colby Covington Takes On Bryan Barberena

  • 6 days ago

UFC Sacramento will feature the "Prospect Killer" Bryan Barberena taking on talented wrestler Colby Covington.The UFC officially announced the addition on their website.Out of the four figh read news >>

Former champ Johny Hendricks faces Neil Magny at UFC 207

  • 4 days ago

Hendricks vs Magny is the latest addition to the Dec. 30 card read news >>

Demetrious Johnson: 'Nate Diaz Won' Conor McGregor Rematch (Video) |

  • 2 days ago

Flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson was mic’d up for hard-hitting analysis as Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor squared off in one of the biggest rematches in UFC history. read news >>

After 'vacation', Demetrious Johnson ready for Ultimate Fighter champion

  • 2 days ago

A brief summer break has Demetrious Johnson feeling good and ready to battle a new champion on Dec. 3 in Las Vegas. read news >>