Former UFC flyweight champion and current ONE Championship contender Demetrious Johnson was recently praised by current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. The Kiwi star called ‘Mighty Mouse’ as the GOAT a few months ago.
Demetrious Johnson was traded in 2018 to ONE Championship following his title loss to Henry Cejudo at UFC 227.
Israel Adesanya called Demetrious Johnson as the ultimate GOAT in an interview with the Submission Radio.
“If we want to talk about Ultimate GOAT, did everyone just forget about Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson?” Adesanya said on Submission Radio. “Just the perfect fighter… or near perfect.”
Demetrious Johnson responds to GOAT comments
Speaking to Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com, Demetrious Johnson stated that he appreciated Israel’s comment and that the Kiwi is en route to GOAT status himself.
“I think it’s awesome,” Johnson said. “I have nothing but respect for Izzy and I told him after what he did to Paulo [Costa], ‘If you keep putting on performances like that, you’re gonna be well on your way.’
“The way he dismantled him, it’s very rare that a fighter will do something in a fight that will make me think about certain things and what he did to Paulo, I was like, ‘Duh, simple. Footwork. That’s the easy way to nullify Paulo Costa’s striking,’” Johnson added. “What [Costa] did to Uriah Hall, Yoel Romero, he couldn’t do it to Adesanya because he used footwork.
“I was like, ‘Good for you, Izzy. You impress me all the time. After he knocked out Paulo I was like, ‘Yup, he’s on his way.’”
He then stated that if Israel moves up to light heavyweight division to challenge Jan Blachowicz for the title and beats him then his run to the GOAT status will be catapulted.
“If he keeps doing that, and then goes to light heavyweight, then if he goes up to heavyweight to fight Jon Jones, those are all the steps,” Johnson said. “I feel that he’s gonna be in the sport for a long time, a champion for a long time as long as he keeps on evolving. I feel like he has the mindset to do that because he watches anime. Anime always keeps your mind fresh and keeps you evolving.”
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