The 31-year-old was nearly untouchable through the first two rounds.
— UFC (@ufc) October 8, 2017
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.
Amazing submission! Demetrious Johnson breaks Anderson Silva’s record with an epic mid-air transition from a suplex to an armbar! pic.twitter.com/86iJ9TarA3
— Diario MMA (@DiarioMma) October 8, 2017
— Octagon Post (@OctagonPost) October 8, 2017
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) October 8, 2017
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.
— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) October 8, 2017
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) October 8, 2017
— Alex Chambers (@alexchambersmma) October 8, 2017
@MightyMouseUFC is just a genius..
— Volkan Oezdemir (@volkan_oezdemir) October 8, 2017
— Manny Gamburyan (@MannyGamburyan) October 8, 2017
Holy Shit. @ufc that’s a bad man right there. There were 1000’s of plays in football today and ZERO of them compare to that finish
— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) October 8, 2017
I am def trying that suplex to armbar next time I train haha
— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) October 8, 2017
Ya know, your typical suplex into armbar finish in round 5 to break the record. Mighty-Mouse ftw! #UFC216
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) October 8, 2017
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.