Joe Rogan is one of the biggest names in the MMA community, and he’s very knowledgeable about every aspect of the sport. While everyone has an opinion on who the greatest pound-for-pound MMA fighter of all time is, Rogan’s opinion is more credible than most. According to him, that person is Demetrious Johnson.
Demetrious Johnson’s early career
Johnson is simply one of the most dominant UFC champions. Not only has he dominated in the UFC, but he’s also fought at other MMA organizations and he’s competed successfully in multiple weight classes, too.
Johnson’s career began in the 135 lb bantamweight division. This wasn’t his ideal weight, but the UFC didn’t have a weight class for men smaller than this. Despite this, Johnson was still competitive at bantamweight. In fact, in 2011, he faced Dominick Cruz for the belt. He lost the fight, but not long after, the UFC finally created a division for men his size.
That division was the flyweight, 125 lb division. Johnson participated in the UFC’s flyweight tournament that determined who’d become the first flyweight champion. After beating Joseph Benavidez, that person was him. Johnson was crowned as the UFC’s first flyweight champion in 2012 and he went on to break records with his reign.
How Demetrious Johnson became the best pound for pound fighter
In short, he simply did it by winning. No matter who he fought UFC, Johnson always came out on top. It didn’t matter how the opponent’s style, either. Johnson always found a way to beat them, and sometimes he’d even beat them in spectacular fashion.
For example, John Dodson was a fearsome knockout artist who knocked out the future champion of the bantamweight division, T.J. Dillashaw. Dodson was likely one of the heaviest hitters Johnson has ever faced, but this didn’t matter. Johnson easily defeated him not once, but twice — both in dominant fashion.
In fact, Johnson’s reign was so dominant the UFC started running out of people for him to face. He fought Benavidez again in 2013. This time, Johnson knocked Benavidez out in the first round. Benavidez beat everyone else in the division, so with this win, it was clear that Johnson was simply better than everyone.
Then, in 2016, Johnson knocked out one of the best UFC fighters, Henry Cejudo, in the first round. Not long afterward, he pulled off one of the most insane moves possible by submitting Ray Borg with a flying armbar.
At this point in his career, Johnson held multiple UFC records. The most important one though is the fact that he now had 11 consecutive title defenses, something other great UFC champions like Jon Jones hadn’t accomplished.
Why Joe Rogan loves Demetrious Johnson so much
In a close decision, Johnson lost his very next fight to Cejudo. Despite Johnson’s success, the UFC didn’t really like him, so the UFC traded him to ONE FC in exchange for Ben Askren. Askren got infamously knocked out by Jorge Masvidal, while Johnson dominates at ONE FC.
Rogan’s opinion of Johnson hasn’t changed despite the close defeat. He’s said multiple times that he thinks Johnson is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC, and that’s still true today. He may not fight in the UFC anymore, but he’s still the best.
Plus, unlike other great champions, Johnson doesn’t really have any baggage. He’s never had any drama like Conor McGregor, and he doesn’t have a criminal history like Jones. Johnson is simply the model champion.
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