UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has reigned supreme over the division since the belt was created.
Saturday night, “Mighty Mouse” can tie the UFC record for successful title defenses with a win over Wilson Reis at UFC on FOX 24. He would earn his 10th straight, matching Anderson Silva’s middleweight mark.
“It’s very important. For every champion, after you win the belt, you want to defend it as many times as possible,” said Johnson during UFC Tonight earlier this week. “I want to beat his record.”
While not looking past Reis, who Johnson says has “great wrestling and jiu-jitsu,” he has been asked about a potential showdown with Cody Garbrandt in recent weeks. There is also his last loss, which came to former champion Dominick Cruz several years ago.
“If he came down to my weight and get title shot, sure. I’m never going to turn down a fight. Once I break record, then maybe I’ll move up to 135 in a year or two,” Johnson said. “(On avenging the Cruz loss) I’m over it. It was five years ago. I’m not even thinking about it.”