When the legendary Demetrious Johnson asked referee Herb Dean to “get out of the way” during fight at UFC 191
Demetrious Johnson stops Herb Dean during his fight
Demetrious Johnson was the true definition of a warrior. The legendary UFC flyweight just wanted to fight and was not looking for any way out against the toughest of opponents. The former flyweight champion famously stopped the referee Herb Dean during the fight to prevent a time-stoppage.
At UFC 191, in 2015, the flyweight champion defended his title against John Dodson. The champ was in the midst of a great back-and-forth with the title contender in the main event. During the fight, Johnson was hit with a shot to the crotch during round three. Any other fighter would’ve immediately asked for a stoppage. Not Demetrious Johnson.
Herb Dean, the referee swooped in to call a time-out as he noticed Johnson getting hit in the crotch but was soon shooed away by the champion. “No no get out of the way,” said Mighty Mouse wanting to continue fighting. When he was hurt illegally by his opponent, the champ was on the front foot and was applying great pressure.
“Mighty Mouse” Johnson is one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the octagon. His reign as a champion in the UFC is arguably second to none. Despite getting caught with a devastating low blow, Johnson continued to fight and went on to win the fight via unanimous decision.
Demetrious Johnson’s dominant run as the UFC flyweight champion
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson was the first-ever UFC flyweight champion. Back in 2012, at UFC 152, DJ took on Joseph Benavidez in the inaugural UFC flyweight title fight and defeated Benavidez to become the champion. Since then, Johnson went on to defend his title a whopping 11 times.
In his reign as the champion, he defended his belt against fighters like John Dodson (twice), Joseph Benavidez, Kyoji Horiguchi, Henry Cejudo, Tim Elliot, and other amazing fighters. Very rarely had we seen dominance like that of Johnson in the UFC. He finally lost his flyweight belt to Henry Cejudo, who went on to become the two-division champion, at UFC 227.
Johnson fought his last fight against Cejudo and was traded to ONE Championship for Ben Askren. UFC fans to date hate the fact that a legend like DJ was traded to ONE Championship. Even at the age of 36, DJ is the ONE Flyweight champion.