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Demetrious Johnson eyes 20 straight title defenses before retiring as UFC champion

Esther Lin/MMA Fighting

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is one win away from breaking Anderson Silva’s longstanding record of consecutive title defenses with 11.

So what are “Mighty Mouse’s” plans moving forward should he surpass “Spider’s” mark?

During his conversation with ESPN, Johnson says he intends to keep adding to his win column, but could walk away from the fight game and retire as champion once he reaches 18 consecutive title defenses, though his ultimate goal would be to reach 20 in a row.

“I hope I can get to 20. I'm on pace to get two or three fights per year, and I think I've got five or six years left in me. Maybe I'll get to something like 18 and walk away from the sport, retire as champion. I think 15 to 18 title defenses is something that would be in the record books forever.”

It’s safe to say that it would be a mark that would never be touched... at least not by a heavyweight. Plus, Johnson — who is only 30 years old -- is definitely going to need a bigger display case for all those belts should he reach his goal.

At the moment, Johnson doesn’t have a fight lined up, but former bantamweight titleholder T.J. Dillashaw has been on the campaign trail trying to secure a fight against the 125-pound champion, though “Mighty Mouse” hasn’t taken the bait.


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