Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight Demetrious Johnson made history at UFC 152 in Toronto, Ontario on Sept. 22, 2012, when he defeated Joseph Benavidez via unanimous decision and become the promotion's first ever 125-pound champion.
It was a fast paced, high energy bout that showcased to the mixed martial arts (MMA) world just what the flyweights are all about.
But, we all know the MMA train sits still for no one. "Mighty Mouse" will not get much time to enjoy his victory lap, as the speculation has already begun, in regard to who he will fight next.
Johnson has now beaten two of the top flyweights in the world in his last two fights, when he picked off Benavidez and Ian McCall, both by way of a judges' decision.
Johnson appeared on FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight," where he discussed his feelings of pride from his championship win, as well as what he thinks his not-too-distant future may hold:
Johnson joked that his newly minted belt barely fits around his tiny waist. Jokes aside, he's proud of his new championship status. It's a feeling he's pretty sure he could get used to:
"It's pretty heavy. I like wearing it around my shoulder better. I have a pretty small waist and it keeps falling off. When I was an amateur, I had a lot of belts. When I turned pro, I realized I needed a new piece of gold around me. I finally got it. This has been six years in the making. Now I have to keep it nice and shiny."
After beating McCall and Benavidez, consecutively, Johnson took down the fighters ranked number two and four in the world, respectively, in most flyweight ranking systems.
The gravity of the accomplishment doesn't escape him:
"It does a lot. It shows I can beat the best in the world. I'm one of the top guys in the division. It makes me want to go to the gym, get better and keep moving forward."
If Johnson is on a bounty hunt, looking to pick off the top flyweights in the world, in order, the next fighter in his crosshairs should be Jussier da Silva, who is ranked as the number three flyweight in most polls.
Johnson expects the same, and he knows that, regardless of who comes out on top, his first title defense is going to be a tough one:
"There are a lot of guys. Next up will probably be the winner of Jussier 'Formiga' and John Dodson. I'll be watching that fight very closely. It's hard to say who will win. 'Formiga' has a legit ground game. Dodson is fast like me and is a southpaw."