Demetrious Johnson gets his weight in gold
Before his latest UFC flyweight title defense against Wilson Reis in the main event of UFC on FOX 24 last month from Kansas City, ‘Mighty Mouse’ Demetrious Johnson had a bone to pick with the UFC.
Johnson tied former UFC middleweight title holder Anderson Silva for most title defenses with 10, but it was something else that upset the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet. Johnson stated that he has yet to been given a new belt for each defense as each of the other champions have.
“I’m getting pissed off about that,” Johnson said. “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 thats 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.”
Before his successful defense over Reis, Johnson said: “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 thing I’ve always wanted to do,” Johnson explained. “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.”
It appears as if the UFC made due on their promise as Johnson tweeted out a photo today with the caption: “Gold.”
— Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouseUFC) May 10, 2017