Demetrious Johnson Talks MMA GOAT, Picks Jon Jones As No. 1

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Demetrious Johnson, who is widely considered whenever the topic about “Greatest Of All Time” (GOAT) is brought up in the MMA community, has finally given his take on the topic and who he feels perfectly fits the shoe.

Johnson (30-3-1), understands that times are changing and that topics of this nature, now have a wider area of consideration before a specific fighter is picked and awarded the GOAT tag.

Johnson, who still holds the record for the most UFC title defences, with eleven consecutive title defences to his name and the current reigning ONE Flyweight Grand Prix champion, believes that the GOAT should have a well rounded game and a long title reign with many title defences before being considered for the GOAT tag.

For Johnson, Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones should be considered first before any other fighter as his dominance in the division ran through two generations of fighter in the divisions, with a skill set that still leaves him undefeated.

Johnson, has also brought up the name retired undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and current reigning middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in his considerations for the GOAT status. However, he believes that the two still have a lot to prove before being considered.

“Jon Jones has gotta be No. 1 for me,” Johnson said. “His title reign, I’ve seen him train before, how he’s beaten so many great light heavyweights before. And then after that it starts to get cloudy, I’m not gonna lie. I think there are athletes that are on their way, like if Khabib would keep on fighting and do five or six or seven or eight more fights, then I’ll definitely throw him in.

“For me, I like to see longevity. I like to see dominance. Longevity is a big thing. When you look at Jon Jones, I think he’s 15 world title fights? That’s a lot of work of staying motivated, staying on top to keep on winning. I think Izzy is on his way. If he goes up to light heavyweight and beats the champion there, and he goes up to fight Jon Jones, he’s definitely on his way.”

Johnson thinks the topic should be brought up when talking about fighters, with excellent all round skills, possessing abilities that makes them excel wherever the fight is taken, that’s why he considers the former Dream and Strike Force light heavyweight champion and current Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi, who has been able to survive at a top level almost through out his decorated career.

“Is it a popularity contest? What exactly puts you in that discussion of greatest of all time?” Johnson said. “For me, it’s longevity, how many championships have you done, a little bit of everything. For me, that’s why I put Gegard in there because when I watch him, I’m like, look at his hands, look at his grappling, look at his submissions. He can do it all.

“Jon Jones, look at his grappling, look at his hands, look at his submissions, look at how long he’s been a champion.”

MMA: Demetrious Johnson vs Wilson Reis
Apr 15, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Demetrious Johnson (Red Gloves) and Wilson Reis (Blue Gloves) fight during UFC Fight Night at Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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