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Demetrious Johnson responds to trade rumors, removes ‘UFC’ from Twitter handle

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Wow, what a throwback! And I’m 6’2” — don’t you remember riding on my back in Bryn Mawr like Luke/Yoda?

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight champion, Demetrious Johnson, is making some moves in the wake of “trade” rumors that have him defecting to ONE Championship in Singapore for welterweight veteran Ben Askren.

That includes changing his Twitter handle from “Mighty Mouse UFC” to just “Mighty Mouse,” an update that would suggest he’s tired of the promotion’s “mistreatment and bullying” after more than six years atop the 125-pound throne.

“Just so everyone knows, I am pumped and excited for the future, stay tuned!” Johnson wrote on social media, along with the hashtag #newadventure. “Shout out to Ariel Helwani for getting the new Twitter handle and the badge back.”

Johnson set the UFC record for most consecutive title defenses, previously held by ex-middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, until a split decision loss to Henry Cejudo at UFC 227 snapped the streak last August.

“Mighty Mouse” (27-3-1) was never able to move the pay-per-view (PPV) needle, despite his stranglehold on the pound-for-pound rankings, and frequently faced criticism from UFC President Dana White, among others.

While his move to ONE Championship has yet to be made official, it sounds like Askren, who held the promotion’s welterweight title — to complement his 170-pound strap in Bellator MMA — is already crowning himself UFC champion.

Have a look:

He’s certainly wasted no time in making welterweight enemies.

Askren retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) in 2017, but continued to chase Georges St-Pierre, going as far as to claim he would fight the former UFC welterweight champion at some point in 2019 in the French-Canadian’s backyard of Montreal.

In light of recent events, that doesn’t sound so crazy after all...