Demetrious Johnson Ranks Himself No.2 On His List Of 4 Best Ever MMA Fighters

Former long-time UFC flyweight champion and current ONE FC champ Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson has released a new video in which he runs down his personal list of the four best MMA fighters of all-time.

In 4th place he lists Anderson Silva, followed by Georges St-Pierre at No.3, and then makes his case for why he decided to put himself above those two legends at No.2 on his G.O.A.T list.

“Nobody has been able to do what I’ve been able to do in the flyweight division or in any division,” Johnson said on his YouTube channel. “Eleven consecutive title defenses, created a brand new move that many of you guys have never seen—shout-out to Matt Hume who helped me to learn that move—I have wins by knockout, submission, by decision, got a split draw, whatever you want to call it.

“For me to have 11 consecutive title defenses and always look for the finish against my opponents, against Kyoji Horiguchi, Chris Cariaso, John Dodson, Ray Borg, Henry Cejudo, the list goes on. And to be able to go to a different organization where I’m fighting at 135, I’m fighting bigger opponents, different rule set, I was able to win a world grand prix, which is a tournament-style, three fights in one year, and then turn around and fight for the belt. I came back, knocked the guy out and then I defended the belt and then after all that I go do an IBJJF Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament, my first time in the gi, brown belt masters at 37 years old, and I go out there and I win it.

“Not one point got scored on me, not any one of those fighters, not even f—-ing Jon Jones himself would do that and be able to pass with flying colors, so I think the ability for me to be able to transition into different things is what puts me above those guys. Typically, I don’t put myself above people, since we’re having this discussion I’ll go ahead and make an argument for myself why I believe I’m in that top 4.”

Johnson then went on to crown Jon Jones as the greatest fighter of all-time.

“For my No. 1, I have Jon ‘Bones’ Jones. That is the only man that I’ll put ahead of me because this man, I feel like every single time he has been inside the cage he could just destroy his opponent however you want it,” Johnson said on his YouTube channel. “He also has wins by knockout, putting people to sleep, decisions, everything on the list.”

Demetrious Johnson’s G.O.A.T Picks:

#1 Jon Jones
#2 Demetrious Johnson
#3 Georges St.Pierre
#4 Anderson Silva

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