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UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya recently added his vote the countless others choosing Demetrious Johnson as the best pound-for-pound fighter in MMA. The inaugural UFC flyweight champ, who recently won the inaugural ONE Championship Flyweight Grand Prix and next fights ONE flyweight champ Adriano Moraes, appeared recently on ESPN’s FAIR GAME and talked about it.
“I will say I will go down as one of the greatest ever which means there is going to be more people,” Johnson said, as transcribed by Abhinav Kini for Body Lock MMA. “For me to say ‘oh, I’m the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, I’m better than Jon Jones, I’m better than this person’…I think that brings a little cockiness.
“Overconfidence as one person would say. For me, I start to think to myself, I hope, fingers crossed, I hope when my time comes that people will look back like ‘man, he was probably one of the best to ever do it but he definitely is up there.'”
“I don’t tell everybody what’s going on in my mind. Of course, I believe in my skill-set. Is it fair for me to say that my skill-set is beyond everybody else’s in the world? I don’t know. I haven’t fought everybody in the world.
“I think that’s what makes me so great and what makes me strive better — I always think that there’s somebody out there who’s better.”