Champ Demetrious Johnson breaks down ‘Mighty Armbar,’ reveals potential knee injury

LAS VEGAS – UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson used his opponent’s fighting philosophy against him to break the UFC’s all-time title defense record at UFC 216.

Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) was listening when Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) said in an interview he liked to upset his opponents’ balance to initiate winning scrambles. When he saw an opportunity to do the same, he seized it and pulled off his eye-popping armbar.

“A couple of weeks ago, he was saying when somebody’s planted, you have to shift their weight, and when they shift their weight, they’re light,” Johnson said at the pay-per-view event’s post-fight news conference at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “So I kneed him, and then I shook his weight – I shifted his weight, and when he shifted, he went back and threw and elbow, and I was like, ‘Got you.’”

Got you, indeed. In the fifth round, Johnson hoisted Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in the air and locked his arm on the way down, landing in position to finish the fight. Although Borg fought mightily to avoid the tap, he couldn’t do so without risking severe damage to his arm.

It wasn’t the first time Johnson had pulled off such a move, which he dubbed the “Mighty Armbar,” as improvisational as it seemed. He

Article source: http://mmajunkie.com/2017/10/champ-demetrious-johnson-breaks-down-mighty-armbar-reveals-potential-knee-injury

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