Demetrious Johnson doubles down on ‘boxing tougher than MMA’ claim

In the ever-evolving realm of Mixed Martial Arts, one name consistently surfaces in the GOAT conversations – Demetrious Johnson. In a recent in-depth conversation with The Schmo, Johnson delved into various captivating subjects beyond the realm of American Top Team Las Vegas.

Johnson recently found himself under scrutiny for his bold assertion that MMA stands as the easiest combat sport for achieving world champion status.

His justification for this claim stems from the variety of talents and skills needed in MMA. He stated that a competitor in MMA might have a serious weakness in one area of their skill set and yet succeed. This contrasts sharply with boxing, which depends only on one discipline.

He later clarified his stance in an interview with The Schmo, substantiating his argument with the example of Ben Askren.

Johnson asserted, “You look at Ben Askren. He was a world champion in MMA and he doesn’t have, you know. I feel comfortable saying that Ben Askren is a perfect example, saying that he has huge deficiencies on his standup and he became world champion and defended the title multiple times.”

Presently affiliated with One Championship, Demetrious Johnson reigns as the reigning 135-pound champion. In his most recent two encounters, he triumphed over Adriano Moraes who remains the sole competitor to secure a KO/TKO victory over Johnson in an MMA bout.

Johnson’s tenure as the UFC’s flyweight champion etched his name in history. He boasts the record for the highest number of title defenses, particularly in the flyweight division.

Additionally, he holds the UFC’s all-time consecutive title defense. Johnson departed from the UFC after a closely contested split decision loss to Henry Cejudo at UFC 227.

Additionally, Demetrious Johnson shared his insights on the ideal opponent for Sean O’Malley’s first title defense. Johnson articulated his belief that Merab Dvalishvili stands as the most deserving contender for the coveted title bout.

Demetrious Johnson played a pivotal role in the establishment of the UFC’s flyweight division. As its inaugural champion, he held the coveted belt for over 2,000 days. Johnson came close to surpassing Anderson Silva’s record, but his loss to Henry Cejudo thwarted that remarkable feat.