Demetrious Johnson retains his title against John Moraga at last night's UFC on FOX: Johnson vs Moraga in convincing fashion. Johnson was able to submit Moraga in the fifth round of their flyweight championship bout. UFC on FOX: Johnson vs Moraga was held at Key Arena in Seattle, Washington and aired live on FOX.
As expected Johnson pushed a very hard to follow pace. Johnson moved forward constantly and took Moraga down almost at will. Many believed that Moraga would have an advantage in the wrestling department because of his NCAA Division I experience. However, Johnson did a good job of keeping Moraga off-balance opening up takedown opportunities.
Once the fight went to the ground, Johnson was able to control the fight there as well. Johnson did a solid job a staying patient on the ground and was eventually able to score the armbar submission at the 3:43 mark of the fifth round. You have to give credit to Johnson for sticking with it and continually trying to finish the fight when he could have coasted in the fifth round to an easy decision.
"I'm here to fight, and like I said, if the finish comes to me, I'm going to take it." Johnson told Joe Rogan about pursuing the finish in the final round.
Johnson stands tall in a division that is still in it's infancy in the UFC. This victory moves him to 18-2-1 for his MMA career and 6-1-1 in the UFC. This fight also marks his second flyweight title defense.
During the post-fight press conference Johnson was asked about potential super-fights and if he would be interested in moving up to face the UFC bantamweight champion.
"I think everybody is focused on Anderson Silva, 'GSP' and all those guys," Johnson said. "But I think we can make some fun superfights down in a lighter-weight division with the flyweights fighting the bantamweights. I know the bantamweights have some things to wok out, and then we'll see what happens. I'm just here to fight and have a good time and put on a good performance for the UFC and the fans."
While super-fight talk may be a little premature, there is no doubt that Johnson is making his mark in the UFC and should be recognized as one of the world's best. Until proven otherwise, Johnson is the undisputed lord of the flies.