(This story was originally published on Sept. 30, 2017.)
UFC flyweight champion and pound-for-pound great Demetrious Johnson returns to the octagon in search of history in tonight’s co-main event of UFC 216, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) has openly discussed his desire to break all the standing UFC records, mainly the all-time title-defense record. He has the chance take sole possession of the record of 11 when he takes on Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in Oct. 7 pay-per-view title fight, which follows prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.
With arguably the most significant fight in Johnson’s career just around the corner, there’s no better time to take a closer look at everything he’s achieved to date and what records are in store if his success continues beyond UFC 216.
He will compete in his 14th UFC flyweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history.
His current 12-fight UFC winning streak is the longest active streak in the flyweight division and the longest streak of consecutive victories in the history of the weight class.
His 12-fight UFC winning streak is tied with Georges St-Pierre for the longest of any fighter on the active roster.
His current winning streak is tied with St-Pierre for the third longest in UFC history behind Anderson Silva (16) and Jon Jones (13).
He’s one of six fighters in UFC history to earn a 10-fight winning streak. Silva, St-Pierre, Jones, Royce Gracie and Max Holloway also accomplished the feat.
His 12 victories in UFC flyweight competition are the most in divisional history.
His six stoppage victories in UFC flyweight competition are the most in divisional history.
His four submission victories in UFC flyweight competition are most in divisional history.
His seven fight-night bonuses for UFC flyweight bouts are the most in divisional history.
His title reign of 1,841 days (as of Saturday) is fourth longest in UFC history behind Silva (2,457), St-Pierre (2,064) and Jose Aldo (1,848).
His 10 consecutive UFC title defenses are most among current titleholders.
His 10 consecutive UFC title defenses are tied with Silva for the longest defense streak in company history.
His 11 victories in UFC title fights are tied with Silva for second most in company history behind St-Pierre (12).
His six stoppage victories in UFC title fights are tied with Ronda Rousey for third most in company history behind Silva (nine) and Matt Hughes (eight).
He’s the only fighter in UFC history to earn a kimura victory in a title fight. He accomplished the feat against Chris Cariaso at UFC 178.
He’s never been knocked out or submitted in MMA competition.
His average fight time of 17:46 in UFC flyweight competition is the longest in divisional history.
His 1,385 total strikes landed in UFC flyweight competition are the most in divisional history.
Johnson’s 338 significant clinch strikes are most in UFC history.
He lands 55.8 percent of his significant strike attempts in UFC flyweight competition, the second highest rate in divisional history behind Justin Scoggins (56 percent).
He defends 69 percent of all opponent significant strike attempts in UFC flyweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.
His 49 takedowns landed in UFC flyweight competition are most in divisional history.
His 65 takedowns landed overall in UFC competition are tied for fourth most in company history behind St-Pierre (87), Gleison Tibau (84) and Frankie Edgar (67).
He’s the only fighter in UFC history to record 10 or more takedowns in three separate bouts.
His submission of Kyoji Horiguchi at the 4:59 mark of Round 5 at UFC 186 stands as the latest stoppage in a UFC fight.
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