Demetrious Johnson Captures Gold At IBJJF Masters Worlds
Reigning ONE Flyweight MMA World Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson added another piece of hardware to his packed trophy case – this time in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
On Thursday, August 31, the MMA GOAT took home gold in the Master 2 featherweight brown belt division at the IBJJF Masters Worlds, winning all six matches – including one by armbar submission – to conquer a near-40-man bracket in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Known for his explosive takedowns, dominant clinch game, and suffocating top pressure in the MMA realm, Johnson donned the gi to display the full breadth of his BJJ technique on his way to the top of the podium.
And once he was there, “Mighty Mouse” was happy to level up, as he received a stripe to become a second-degree brown belt, moving him one step closer to the coveted BJJ black belt.
Widely considered the most well-rounded mixed martial artist in history, Johnson is just a few months removed from his epic World Title trilogy victory over rival Adriano Moraes in the main event of ONE’s historic debut on U.S. soil.
Now with some added BJJ experience under his belt, the 37-year-old is still improving – a scary thought for any of his future opponents.
Could Johnson Test The Submission Grappling Waters In ONE?
Demetrious Johnson’s dominant performance at the IBJJF Masters Worlds could signal that he’s ready to dip his toes into submission grappling in ONE Championship.
If that were to happen, he’d undoubtedly have plenty of potential opponents eager to test his ground game.
Most notably, reigning ONE Flyweight Submission Grappling World Champion Mikey “Darth Rigatoni” Musumeci – perhaps the sport’s top pound-for-pound competitor – has been angling for a grappling match against Johnson since last year.
And considering that Musumeci is fresh off a submission victory over strawweight MMA kingpin Jarred “The Monkey God” Brooks earlier this month, a submission grappling showdown with “Mighty Mouse” would make plenty of sense – and would be sure to captivate fans around the world.