UFC on FOX 8: "Johnson vs. Moraga" took place Saturday night (July 27, 2013) in Seattle, Wash., with Demetrious Johnson defeating John Moraga by fifth-round armbar submission in the main event for his second consecutive Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight title defense.
While the 125-pound weight class is one of, if not the most underdeveloped of any in the UFC, "Mighty Mouse" is already displaying dominance over the contenders in his weight class that few others can match.
In this instance, Johnson's win over Moraga makes him the only one of nine current UFC champions to hold wins over the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 ranked contenders in his weight class, according to the officials UFC rankings, of course.
Does that make Johnson the most skilled or impressive of the nine champions? No. But his ability to take out top-ranked challengers time after time paired with the fact he was also an elite fighter at bantamweight should certainly make people think of Johnson's name when considering the pound-for-pound greats in mixed martial arts (MMA).
There were several significant moments to come out of the UFC's eighth networks television fight card, so be sure to check out all 28 post-fight facts about UFC on FOX 8 below:
- Johnson's submission of Moraga at 3:43 of round five was the latest stoppage in UFC history and only the fourth fifth-round finish in UFC history. Others include Ricco Rodriguez vs. Randy Couture at UFC 39, B.J. Penn vs. Diego Sanchez at UFC 107 and Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC 117.
- Moraga was defeated by submission for the first time in his 15-fight career.
- UFC on FOX 8 tied UFC 94 and four other past UFC events with four fights resulting in a split decision.
- Robbie Lawler is on his first two-fight win-streak since 2006-2007.
- Jorge Masvidal became just the second fighter in UFC history to finish a fight by submission at 4:59 of round two. The other is Chan Sung Jung vs. Leonard Garcia at UFC Fight Night 24.
- Johnson had never attempted a submission in seven UFC fights prior to facing Moraga. He attempted three in the fight and finished the match with an armbar.
- Melvin Guillard tied Jim Miller for most wins in UFC lightweight history with 11. Guillard also owns the most (technical) knockout wins in UFC lightweight history with seven.
- John Albert extended his career-worst losing streak to four-straight fights and is the first bantamweight fighter in UFC history to lose four-straight fights in the Octagon.
- The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 15 winner Michael Chiesa was defeated for the first time in his MMA career.
- UFC on FOX 8 drew an attendance of 7,816 fans for a live gate of $735,000. For comparison, UFC on FOX 5 in Seattle in Dec. 2012 drew and attendance of 14,387 for a live gate of $1,500,000.
- Johnson became just the second fighter in UFC history to complete 10 or more takedowns in two separate UFC fights. Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre is the other. Johnson went 12 for 12 on takedowns against Moraga.
- Ed Herman won a fight by decision for the first time since April 18, 2009 -- a span of 1561 days (over four years) and seven fights.
- TUF 6 Mac Danzig fell to 3-7 overall in his past 10 fights.
- Lawler's last 13 MMA victories have come by (technical) knockout or submission. "Ruthless" has not won a fight by decision since a Nov. 21, 2003 win over Chris Lytle at UFC 45. Eighteen of the 21 wins in the career of Lawler are by (technical) knockout.
- Bobby Voelker was defeated by (technical) knockout for just the third time in his 34-fight career and first time since May 9, 2008 -- a span of 1905 days (5+ years) and 15 fights. Voelker is on the first two-fight losing streak of his 34-fight career.
- Johnson earned a UFC record fourth flyweight victory.
- Betting favorites went 11-1 on the card. Yaotzin Meza was the lone underdog to come out victorious.
- Liz Carmouche has defeated her opponent by (technical) knockout or submission in eight of her nine professional wins.
- Masvidal snapped an eight-fight decision streak and earned just the second submission victory of his 32-fight career and first since June 19, 2009 -- a span of 1499 days (four years) and 10 fights.
- Guillard earned a (technical) knockout victory for the first time since July 2, 2011 -- a span of 756 days (2+ years) and six fights.
- Trevor Smith fought to a decision for the first time in his 14-fight career
- Julie Kedzie is on a three-fight losing streak, the worst drought of her 28-fight career.
- Aaron Riley retired from MMA competition following his split decision defeat to Justin Salas. The loss marked just the second time in Riley's 45-fight career where he dropped back-to-back fights.
- Total fight time of the 12-bout card was two hours, 33 minutes and 39 seconds.
- Danzig was defeated by (technical) knockout for just the second time in his 33-fight career and first time since Feb. 24, 2007 -- a span of 2345 days (6.5 years) and 12 fights.
- Johnson, Guillard, Herman and Smith each earned $50,000 post-fight bonuses
- There have only been 17 fights in UFC where the loser of the match was awarded a 30-27 scorecard. It happened twice at UFC on FOX 8 in Herman vs. Smith and Cruickshank vs. Edwards. For a complete list click here.
- Guillard's 12 career knockdowns in the UFC are third all-time behind Chuck Liddell (14) and Anderson Silva (17).
That's a wrap for this set of UFC facts.
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