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demetrious johnson

Demetrious Johnson was a guest on Wednesday night’s episode of “UFC Tonight” to discuss his upcoming flyweight title defense vs. Kyoji Horiguchi.

Johnson, the only person to hold the 125-pound title, has successfully defeated Chris Cariaso, Ali Bagautinov, Joseph Benavidez, John Moraga and John Dodson since winning the title in 2012 in a tournament finale vs. Benavidez.

He’s unbeaten since 2011 when he lost to then-bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz for the title, going 7-0-1 over the last four years. In facing Horiguchi, “Mighty Mouse” admitted he’s looking for another finish.

“He’s a great fighter,” Johnson said. “He uses a lot of movement and space between him and his opponent, and he covers distance fast.

“I need to put my hands on him and get him in the clinch, take him down, try to knock him out or submit him.”

Recently, former U.S. Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo made his flyweight debut with the UFC and scored a victory over Cariaso. Johnson knows he could be fast-tracked to a title shot due to his own recent dominance in the division.

“He looked good against a tough opponent,” he said. “I saw a couple of holes in his game. This is his first fight at flyweight. There are many different roads to the title.

“Will he take the tougher road against Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson? Probably not.”

As for that “super-fight” vs. bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw, Johnson reiterated that he’s set his demands in place.

“That’s the word on the street,” he said. “Everyone wants to see that fight. I’m focused on Horiguchi. If Dana White wants that fight, I’ve mentioned the magic number and we’ll go from there.”

ufc 186

Flash back to August of last year.

Joe Soto was preparing to make his long-awaited UFC debut against Anthony Birchak at UFC 177.

Then, just hours before stepping on the scale for weigh-ins, Soto was asked to make the move from the prelims to the pay-per-view main event, taking on bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw for the title.

It all happened so fast for Soto, a former Bellator and Tachi Palace Fights champion, that he’s still trying to come to grasp with everything as he prepares to make his second venture inside the Octagon soon.

Soto (15-3) lost to Dillashaw via fifth round knockout, but proved to many that he is a legitimate contender in the 135-pound division by taking the champion deep into the fight on extremely short notice.

“I’ve watched the fight a few times,” said Soto, during a recent interview with FightLine.com. “I have mixed feelings about it, but considering the circumstances, I thought I did good.

“I’m still just disappointed that I didn’t win and that I got caught with that kick in the last round. But that’s MMA and (expletive) happens. T.J.’s a great fighter.

“There were definitely a few things I could have done different that I think would have changed the fight result. The good thing is that I will learn from that loss and come back a better and smarter fighter.”

The former two-time All-American at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Soto won six in a row to earn his ticket to the UFC. He stopped five of those opponents, including four via submission. Among those victims were Terrion Ware, Jeremiah Labiano, Cory Vom Baur, Chad George and Chris David, along with a decision victory over Romeo McCovey.

ufc rankings

Behind a dominating five-round decision victory over Anthony Pettis, new UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos finds himself ranked ninth in the overall pound-for-pound Top-15.

Dos Anjos won the belt this past weekend and immediately entered the rankings. The loss dropped Pettis to No. 10 overall.

Cain Velasquez, Ronda Rousey, T.J. Dillashaw and Robbie Lawler all benefited from the change, moving up.

Alistair Overeem climbed to eighth in the heavyweight division after defeating Roy Nelson, though he still remains ahead of Ben Rothwell, who knocked him out last year. Nelson fell to 10th.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Fabio Maldonado flipped for 12th at 205 pounds, while Thales Leites and Michael Bisping did the same for ninth at 185.

Kelvin Gastelum moved ahead of Jake Ellenberger and into 10th at welterweight, while Ryan LaFlare and Gunnar Nelson flipped for 14th. At lightweight, Edson Barboza and Myles Jury each moved ahead of Josh Thomson and into seventh and eighth, respectively.

Atop the featherweight rankings, Chad Mendes moved back ahead of Frankie Edgar and into the role of No. 1 contender to Jose Aldo, while Mitch Gagnon and Alex Caceres switched 14th and 15th at bantamweight.

The flyweight division saw Henry Cejudo debut this past weekend and best Chris Cariaso, and he was rewarded by being ranked 10th. Jussier Formiga and John Moraga flipped for fourth, while Cariaso, Tim Elliott and Wilson Reis each fell.

Heather Clark and Seohee Ham each moved up a position in the women’s strawweight division, while Paige VanZant and Angela Hill fell one spot each. At 135 pounds, Germaine de Randamie jumped Raquel Pennington for 14th.

ufc fight night

The Octagon heads to Brazil this coming Saturday night with UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare.

In the main event, Demian Maia takes on Ryan LaFlare on FOX Sports 1.

The current lineup, along with Maia and LaFlare discussing their fight, can be found below:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Demian Maia vs. Ryan LaFlare

Welterweight: Ben Saunders vs. Erick Silva

Lightweight: Gilbert Burns vs. Alex Oliveira

Lightweight: Tony Martin vs. Leonardo Santos

Female Bantamweight: Shayna Baszler vs. Amanda Nunes

Featherweight: Godofredo Pepey vs. Andre Fili

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Francisco Trinaldo vs. Akbarh Arreola

Featherweight: Katsunori Kikuno vs. Kevin Souza

Lightweight: Drew Dober vs. Leandro Silva

Lightweight: Cain Carrizosa vs. Leonardo Mafra

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Christos Giagos vs. Jorge de Oliveira

Flyweight: Fredy Serrano vs. Bentley Syler

ronda rousey

AnnMaria De Mars has used social media to respond to remarks made by Cris “Cyborg” Justino.

Now, in an interview with Submission Radio, she’s continuing her verbal assault against the current Invicta FC champion.

Cyborg, who competes at 145 pounds, has pushed for Ronda Rousey to come up to meet her either at a catchweight or 145. Instead, the UFC bantamweight champion says the challenger needs to “come to the champion” and De Mars agrees.

“Ronda will break her arm,” De Mars said. “I can say that right now. I’ll tell you two things: Ronda will break her arm and Ronda will not go up in weight. The reason she won’t is because Cris Cyborg has missed weight multiple times.

“If you have her fight at 140, she’s going to show up at 145 or 150. If she’s gonna miss 135, she can at least give Ronda 10-percent of the purse.

“Secondly, she has kind of an inflated record because if you look back at some of her matches, she’s fought women who were 125 pounds and she’s 160. I’m not impressed with her record and of course, failing the drug test. I’d say her whole record is under suspicion.”

Having raised Rousey into being an Olympic medalist and unbeaten MMA fighter, De Mars knows the kind of person she is. And that all could lead to a nasty finish if she gets to face Cyborg.

“I love Ronda, she’s a great person, she has many wonderful qualities, but one thing about her is she holds a grudge,” she said. “She will break Cris Cyborg’s arm.”

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