Demetrious Johnson earned his sixth successful title defense and 10th Octagon victory Saturday night at UFC 186, dominating Kyoji Horiguchi and leaving the Bell Centre with the flyweight belt in hand.
“Mighty Mouse” made history, transitioning from ground-and-pound to an armbar, getting the tap at the 4:59 mark of the fifth round, which gives him the latest stoppage win in UFC history.
“Matt (Hume) was yelling ‘armbar’ so I said (expletive) it and went for it,” Johnson said. “I was being lazy so I had to go for the finish at the end.”
Johnson (22-2-1) had little trouble with Horiguchi, handing him his first loss inside the UFC.
“I was a little rough (early on), but I wanted to test that wrestling because he was training with Daniel Cormier,” Johnson said. “He was very fast and karate was something I have never faced, so I didn’t wanna do something stupid and get knocked out.”
Johnson was well in control when he decided to secure the armbar, as he had connected on 14 of 22 takedown attempts and landed 149 of 208 total strikes. Of those, 66 were significant strikes landed by the champion.
Horiguchi was just 1-for-5 on his takedowns and landed only 61 total strikes, including 34-percent significant ones.