Demetrious Johnson wins gold at IBJJF Masters Worlds

Longtime MMA champion Demetrious Johnson won gold in the brown belt division at the IBJJF Masters Worlds.

Former UFC flyweight champion and current ONE flyweight MMA champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson put on the gi to compete in his first-ever BJJ competition and took home gold at the 2023 IBJJF Masters Worlds on Thursday, August 31, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Regarded by many as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the history of MMA, Johnson competed in the Masters 2 (ages 35-39) brown belt division.

The 37-year-old conquered a division of nearly 40 competitors, winning six matches, including one by submission.

After the performance, Johnson was awarded a second stripe on his brown belt.

A veteran of 30 professional fights, “Mighty Mouse” captured the inaugural UFC flyweight title in 2012 with a victory over Joseph Benavidez. He would go on to defend that belt a record 11 times before losing it in 2018.

After that defeat, Johnson joined ONE Championship, where he has gone 5-1 to capture and defend the flyweight MMA title.

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