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Friday, Apr 24, 2015

UFC 186: Demetrious Johnson Only Focused on “What I Can do”, Not Pound-For-Pound Rankings

Johnson (photo via FUEL.TV / UFC/ ZUFFA)

By FCF Staff

As Demetrious Johnson prepares to face Kyoji Horiguchi tomorrow night at UFC 186, the flyweight champ’s stock has never been higher.

Not only has Johnson (21-2-1) won seven straight fights, but “Mighty Mouse” currently sits at #3 in the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings. The only fighters who are ahead of him are featherweight champ Jose Aldo, and light-heavyweight champ, Jon Jones.

Recently the 28 year-old spoke to UFC.com about Saturday’s fight, and while discussing his current status and legacy, Johnson stated:

“I really don’t try to think about legacy all too much because I might leave something great behind, but then again, I might not leave anything behind. That’s why I just look at this fight as the next fight and hope to go out there and get the victory.

“It’s nice to get recognized as one of the greatest fighters in the sport alongside guys like Jon Jones, Jose Aldo and Chris Weidman. Those things are always nice, but I only focus on what I can do. Those labels don’t mean much inside the cage, so I put all of my energy and focus into putting on a great performance on fight night. All the other stuff about the pound-for-pound rankings are for the fans and media to dictate and I try to not pay too much attention to it.”

The betting lines have Johnson as a favorite to win tomorrow night in the -790 to -1000 range. Horiguchi (15-1) has won four straight bouts since he arrived in the UFC in 2013.

UFC 186 will be hosted by the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

posted by FCF Staff @ 11:17 am
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