Demetrious Johnson Uses Never-Before-Seen Move To Break Title Defense Record

Bryan Brandom
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UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson used a combination that sent his fellow MMA fighters into fits to demolish challenger Ray Borg at UFC 216 on Saturday.

The 31-year-old was nearly untouchable through the first two rounds.

Johnson kept that dominance going straight on through to the fifth-round submission of his opponent—an unheard of suplex right into a midair armbar that forced Borg to tap out.

The victory is Johnson’s 11th title defense, breaking the record of 10 straight defenses he shared with Anderson Silva.

After the win, Johnson explained that he’d learned something by listening to an interview with Borg.

“A couple of weeks ago, he was saying when somebody’s planted, you have to shift their weight, and when they shift their weight, they’re light,” Johnson said after his victory at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “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.'”

Mighty Mouse’s fellow MMA fighters were just as blown away by the finish as we were.

Johnson is the only flyweight champ in the history of the UFC. He claimed the inaugural flyweight belt in September 2012 with a decision victory over Joseph Benavidez. Before his 12-fight run, a pair of fights with Ian McCall ended in a draw and a Johnson victory, meaning he hasn’t lost in 14 bouts.

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