UFC pound-for-pound rankings: Demetrious Johnson cements status on top of the game

Demetrious Johnson's incredible reign as the UFC's first and only flyweight champion has been so thoroughly dominant, we are running out of words to adequately describe his greatness. 

But how about we offer a new one: virtuoso. Like a free-styling jazz soloist, Johnson has been able to adapt to the style of any opponent on the fly and essentially defeat them at their own strength. 

"Mighty Mouse" did just that at UFC 216 when he out-scrambled Ray Borg for four-plus rounds before submitting him in outright spectacular fashion. 

Johnson turned a suplex attempt in Round 5 into an armbar, eventually forcing the aggressive submission artist Borg to tap. The champion's technique and poise were incredible, in the perfect example of his greatness on such a historic night. 

With the victory, Johnson eclipsed Anderson Silva's UFC record with 11 title defenses and at age 31, only seems to improve with each performance. 

Considering Jon Jones' current issues with failed drug tests, there is no longer any doubt who the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world currently is. The only debate continues to be whether Johnson has done enough to deserve accolades as the best ever. 

Taking a look at the totality of his winning streak and the variety in which he has solved opponents while continuing to evolve along with the sport, Johnson has accomplished one important thing regarding his place in history: You can no longer argue against him.

Best in flyweight history? Best fighter today? Best to ever enter the Octagon? Whichever crown you want to place on Johnson based upon your preferences, "Mighty Mouse" has earned it.

Men's pound for pound rankings

UFC Power Rankings

Honorable mentions: Luke Rockhold, Dominick Cruz, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Robert Whittaker, Stephen Thompson

Dropped Out: Dominick Cruz

 Women's pound for pound rankings

UFC Power Rankings

Honorable mentions: Rose Namajunas, Raquel Pennington, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Cynthia Calvillo, Germaine de Randamie

Dropped out: Claudia Gadelha

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