Champ Demetrious Johnson Talks About Breaking Anderson Silva’s Record After UFC 216 Win

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UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson broke Anderson Silva’s title defense record at UFC 216 when he scored his 11th win in a row as champ.  After the fight he talked to Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and UFC lightweight Paul Felder.

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  1. When I was growing up and training martial arts, it was about defeating opponents larger than you. Only boxing and wrestling had weight classes. If you could not defeat a larger opponent, then you knew you could lose on the street and it wasn't good enough. Sure, he's great, but if he came up against someone taller and bigger, with at least some fighting skill, he'd get destroyed most likely.

  2. When I was growing up and training martial arts, it was about defeating opponents larger than you. Only boxing and wrestling had weight classes. If you could not defeat a larger opponent, then you knew you could lose on the street and it wasn't good enough. Sure, he's great, but if he came up against someone taller and bigger, with at least some fighting skill, he'd get destroyed most likely.

  3. DJ needs to go up next weight class. Not many care about division that has no movement. Wouldn't be surprised that DJ is greedy and wants to beat Silvas winning streak by fighting fighters he knows he can beat. Kinda lame of him.

  4. DJ needs to go up next weight class. Not many care about division that has no movement. Wouldn't be surprised that DJ is greedy and wants to beat Silvas winning streak by fighting fighters he knows he can beat. Kinda lame of him.

  5. 2:122:50 DJ, he was giving you all the props in the world and asked if you wanted to go up a weight class. He didn't jump to conclusions, he asked if you wanted to move up after giving you all the props in the world. No comment to a perfectly decent question. That's why you'll remain at the pay scale you're at. You don't know how to get fans excited for a fight. It's not the UFC. It's not the media. It's you.

  6. 2:122:50 DJ, he was giving you all the props in the world and asked if you wanted to go up a weight class. He didn't jump to conclusions, he asked if you wanted to move up after giving you all the props in the world. No comment to a perfectly decent question. That's why you'll remain at the pay scale you're at. You don't know how to get fans excited for a fight. It's not the UFC. It's not the media. It's you.

  7. To me Demetrius Johnson will never be pound for pound.He might be the greatest flyweight but that division is full of amateurs and rookies. Hes fought bums, lets be real. The only great fighter hes ever fought against (Cruz) he lost.

  8. To me Demetrius Johnson will never be pound for pound.He might be the greatest flyweight but that division is full of amateurs and rookies. Hes fought bums, lets be real. The only great fighter hes ever fought against (Cruz) he lost.

  9. Demetrious Johnson:
    Striking A+
    Grappling A+
    Submissions A+
    Cardio A+
    Defense A+
    Trash Talk C-

    UFC Fans:
    "Johnson is boring. He never calls anybody out! Why doesn't he go up a quarter of his bodyweight and fight Conor? He sucks!"

    Are you people a fan of MMA or soap operas?

  10. Demetrious Johnson:
    Striking A+
    Grappling A+
    Submissions A+
    Cardio A+
    Defense A+
    Trash Talk C-

    UFC Fans:
    "Johnson is boring. He never calls anybody out! Why doesn't he go up a quarter of his bodyweight and fight Conor? He sucks!"

    Are you people a fan of MMA or soap operas?

  11. Anderson Silva is still the best ever to me his competition was way more difficult in his prime, DJ has not fought a forest Griffin type, or a Vitor, a rich Franklin, Anderson Silva even fought in 205 n beat the American Pyscho

  12. Anderson Silva is still the best ever to me his competition was way more difficult in his prime, DJ has not fought a forest Griffin type, or a Vitor, a rich Franklin, Anderson Silva even fought in 205 n beat the American Pyscho

  13. How do you expect to be a "money" fighter when you can't even promote yourself or hype up a next fight… "No comment" is your answer when asked what your future is and if you'll move up? Please DJ you are boring af and will never sell out PPV… your arrogant personality and thinking everyone is dumber than you is going to keep you in the same place for your whole career. And of course you will never change, because your always right and the belief that everyone is dumber than you will prevent you from taking any advice from people that know what they're talking about…

  14. How do you expect to be a "money" fighter when you can't even promote yourself or hype up a next fight… "No comment" is your answer when asked what your future is and if you'll move up? Please DJ you are boring af and will never sell out PPV… your arrogant personality and thinking everyone is dumber than you is going to keep you in the same place for your whole career. And of course you will never change, because your always right and the belief that everyone is dumber than you will prevent you from taking any advice from people that know what they're talking about…

  15. The guy is awesome…in the eyes of hardcore MMA fans like myself. However, to the casual fans, sadly I think he could defend his title 100 times but still would not get the respect he deserves. 5'3" 125 pound dudes just are not marketable in this day and age. It's totally messed up, I don't agree with it, but it seems to be how things are in this weird society we live in.

  16. The guy is awesome…in the eyes of hardcore MMA fans like myself. However, to the casual fans, sadly I think he could defend his title 100 times but still would not get the respect he deserves. 5'3" 125 pound dudes just are not marketable in this day and age. It's totally messed up, I don't agree with it, but it seems to be how things are in this weird society we live in.

  17. He dodged that question because he's scared to move up. Bigger dudes give him a lot of problems. Which is why he dodged TJ. He doesn't take any risk outside his comfort zone. He's a magnificent fighter but its a shame for him not to truly test his abilities against elite fighters near his weight class

  18. He dodged that question because he's scared to move up. Bigger dudes give him a lot of problems. Which is why he dodged TJ. He doesn't take any risk outside his comfort zone. He's a magnificent fighter but its a shame for him not to truly test his abilities against elite fighters near his weight class

  19. DJ is a lil sensitive when asked about moving up in weight, ain't he?

    It's a fair question, DJ….
    You've more than cleaned up the division. There's no one left to fight, dude. Ray Borg was just happened to be next in this fight.

  20. DJ is a lil sensitive when asked about moving up in weight, ain't he?

    It's a fair question, DJ….
    You've more than cleaned up the division. There's no one left to fight, dude. Ray Borg was just happened to be next in this fight.

  21. Why does DJ get all this credit as GOAT, when he's only had maybe three REAL fights. I hate No Love, but h is better than any of those bums in his division. He flat out ducked Killashaw, to get a "sure thing" in Ray Borg. Any talk of goat should be reserved for those who take on ALL comers, no picking and choosing easy fights. Who's next for DJ? Is it Cody? Is it Dillashaw. TJ will have the belt next month, so champ vs champ would be nice. To be clear, I have nothing but respect for DJ, he's the best 125 pounder EVER, but GOAT? Not in my opinion.

  22. Why does DJ get all this credit as GOAT, when he's only had maybe three REAL fights. I hate No Love, but h is better than any of those bums in his division. He flat out ducked Killashaw, to get a "sure thing" in Ray Borg. Any talk of goat should be reserved for those who take on ALL comers, no picking and choosing easy fights. Who's next for DJ? Is it Cody? Is it Dillashaw. TJ will have the belt next month, so champ vs champ would be nice. To be clear, I have nothing but respect for DJ, he's the best 125 pounder EVER, but GOAT? Not in my opinion.

  23. Johnson is so right in everyone wanting to spoil his run by asking to jump around or up as if making a much bigger historical run is not important. Sit back, enjoy, and stop being a hater which you are who's simply not realizing it. Awesome job DJ.

  24. Johnson is so right in everyone wanting to spoil his run by asking to jump around or up as if making a much bigger historical run is not important. Sit back, enjoy, and stop being a hater which you are who's simply not realizing it. Awesome job DJ.

  25. He's NOT the GOAT until he goes up 10 pounds and fights real competition. No one cared about this fight thats why they kept asking him whats next. He gets offended by that because he knows his division is a joke. And since when is asking a simple question about a fighters future jumping to conclusions?

  26. He's NOT the GOAT until he goes up 10 pounds and fights real competition. No one cared about this fight thats why they kept asking him whats next. He gets offended by that because he knows his division is a joke. And since when is asking a simple question about a fighters future jumping to conclusions?

  27. Little Mans giving them too much attitude here. He should at least allude to what's next (because MMA fans would like to know)instead of being arrogant and somewhat rude. It plain to see what he's really doing here (holding out so he can negotiate the biggest $ for a future fight/weight class jump/super fight).

  28. Little Mans giving them too much attitude here. He should at least allude to what's next (because MMA fans would like to know)instead of being arrogant and somewhat rude. It plain to see what he's really doing here (holding out so he can negotiate the biggest $ for a future fight/weight class jump/super fight).

  29. This is why this guy will never be a PPV seller. He was given plenty of opportunities to call out good fighters and hype up a new fight and instead he goes with the “no comment” BS. Amazing fighter but will never be able to make the really big bucks with that attitude.

  30. This is why this guy will never be a PPV seller. He was given plenty of opportunities to call out good fighters and hype up a new fight and instead he goes with the “no comment” BS. Amazing fighter but will never be able to make the really big bucks with that attitude.

  31. Ironically, fighters can't establish greatness until they face real adversity. DJ has not faced adversity in his division. It's almost impossible to tell whether he's greater than Anderson Silva or the video game version of Ronda Rousey. He needs to move up in weight and defeat "known" great fighters like TJ, Cruz and Garbrandt.

  32. Ironically, fighters can't establish greatness until they face real adversity. DJ has not faced adversity in his division. It's almost impossible to tell whether he's greater than Anderson Silva or the video game version of Ronda Rousey. He needs to move up in weight and defeat "known" great fighters like TJ, Cruz and Garbrandt.

  33. i like how during the fight joe rogan says "its too bad Dj turned down the TJ fight, that would have been a REAL challenge. that would have been a REAL world title fight"

    and did any one else find it odd how dj barley gave his wife a peck,no hug or anything. but him and matt hume are getting all sensual?

  34. i like how during the fight joe rogan says "its too bad Dj turned down the TJ fight, that would have been a REAL challenge. that would have been a REAL world title fight"

    and did any one else find it odd how dj barley gave his wife a peck,no hug or anything. but him and matt hume are getting all sensual?

    • He fought ray borg whos biggest win was against smolka… he fights losers and ducked a fight with tj then felt like a little shitass after borg missed weight which is what he cried tj might do even though tj has never missed weight and borg has repeatedly

    • you have to state facts, but again I feel like people don't give DJ credit he deserves. He lost to Cruz and Pickett, beat McCall in the rematch and he's one of few champions you see progressively getting better. No matter what people say weight will and usually does play a role. I believe DJ does really well against Cruz and the rest of the batam division if he moves up. Also everyone says he's fought nobodies, while Cejudo looks super impressive, Dodson is a truck, Benavidez has always been great, and even Ray Borg was still really good. He just makes everyone look mediocre.

    • He fought ray borg whos biggest win was against smolka… he fights losers and ducked a fight with tj then felt like a little shitass after borg missed weight which is what he cried tj might do even though tj has never missed weight and borg has repeatedly

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