Demetrious Johnson now has sole possession of the UFC’s most prestigious record – most consecutive title defenses – and he did it with flare.
In Saturday’s UFC 216 pay-per-view co-headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, flyweight champ Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) used a dazzling fifth-round armbar to submit Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and pick up his 11th straight title defense. But it wasn’t just any ol’ ordinary armbar.
No, Johnson elevated Borg, tossed him to the mat and then slapped on the fight-ending submission, which earned “Performance of the Night” honors.
You know, just as “Mighty Mouse” planned.
“A couple of weeks ago, (Borg) was saying when somebody’s planted, you have to shift their weight, and when they shift their weight, they’re light,” Johnson said after the event (check out the video above). “So I kneed him, and then I shook his weight – I shifted his weight, and when he shifted, he went back and threw and elbow, and I was like, ‘Got you.'”
Here’s the sequence in photo form:
Understandably, the slick move had the MMA world buzzing.
Here are the fight-night commentators trying to contain their amazement as they recap the move (via YouTube):
The armbar also had fellow fighters buzzing, including UFC heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum (via Instagram):
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Johnson, who bested Anderson Silva’s record of 10 straight title defenses, said he drilled the “Mighty Armbar” during training camp.
We like his name for the move, but may we suggest another (via Twitter)?:view original article >>
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