As champions go, there are none more dominant than Demetrious Johnson. Sadly, the flyweight has sparked zero interest with fans – some fighters have it, some don’t – so we as MMA fans must be consigned to the fact that we have a dominant UFC champ destroying challengers and no one in the real world will care.
The storyline going into the UFC on FOX 24 main event was that “Mighty Mouse” was on the cusp of breaking Anderson Silva’s record of most title defenses, and Wilson Reis, though a dangerous fighter and skilled jiu-jitsu specialist, was toast.
And toast he was, as evidenced by how easily Johnson tore him up with strikes. Johnson was simply too fast for Reis to block or dodge, and too fast for Reis to counter when in range. Mighty Mouse was never there for Reis’ strikes to hit. Round 1 was all about Reis learning this painful lesson, and Round 2 was about Johnson reinforcing his superiority and, in the waning seconds of the frame, very nearly pounding Reis out on the ground.
Then came the third round. Twice, after getting knocked down, Reis beckoned for the champ to join him in a grappling match. Johnson didn’t oblige him then, but soon, after a successful takedown that had Reis on the bottom, the Brazilian’s wish came true in the worst way possible. Passing from guard to side-control and then mount, Johnson was relentless in the amount of leather he dropped, toying with the jiu-jitsu specialist like it was nothing.The end came in the most humiliating way possible for Reis: an armbar with 11 seconds left in the round.
Results: Demetrious Johnson def. Wilson Reis via Submission (Armbar) at 4:49, R3