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UFC on FOX 24: Johnson submits Reis, ties Anderson Silva’s title defence record

Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1) defended his flyweight crown for the tenth time at UFC on FOX 24, submitting Wilson Reis (22-7-0) in the third round and made history by equaling Anderson Silva’s title defence record.

Johnson, as usual, was methodical, respecting the power of Reis and utilizing his footwork to attack the lead leg of the challenger, while using his speed to quickly exit after landing a strike.

Reis tried to pressure the challenger, eating leg kicks and strikes in order to land a power shot. But he did not land many, and by the end of the second round, his left eye was almost shut.

The third round saw Johnson take the softened-up Reis to the ground, landing hammerfists and then the armbar when Reis tried to defend.

In the post-fight interview with Brian Stann, Johnson proclaimed his intentions are to break the record and then consider the option to move up to 135 pounds and challenge the bantamweight titleholder.

Louis Smolka and Tim Elliott earned Fight-of-the-Night honours, while Whittaker and Johnson earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in.

In case you missed the prelims:

KETLEN VIEIRA DEF ASHLEE-EVANS SMITH VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

ZAK CUMMINGS DEF NATHAN COY VIA TECH SUBMISSION R1 4:21

ANTHONY SMITH DEF ANDREW SANCHEZ VIA KO R3 3:52

DEVIN CLARK DEF JAKE COLLIER VIA UD (30-2,7 30-27, 30-26)

ALJAMAIN STERLING DEF AUGUSTO MENDES VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

TIM ELLIOTT DEF LOUIS SMOLKA VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

RASHID MAGOMEDOV DEF BOBBY GREEN VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

TOM DUQUESNOY DEF PATRICK WILLIAMS VIA TKO R2 0:28

ALEXANDER VOLKOV DEF ROY NELSON VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MAIN CARD 

#5 JEREMY STEPHENS VS RENATO MOICANO

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/853406162670178305

WINNER: RENATO MOICANO VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JEREMY STEPHENS UD

Andrews: Wow. Stephens couldn’t catch up with Moicano, who peppered him from distance and never let Stephens have a chance to catch him with power shots. He didn’t run away, but back-pedalled when he needed to. Good win.

#3 RONALDO SOUZA VS #6 ROBERT WHITTAKER 

WINNER: ROBERT WHITTAKER VIA TKO R2 3:28

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RONALDO SOUZA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Well, wow! As I suspected, Whittaker not only outsmarted Jacare, he utilized outstanding takedown defence, and turned in as perfect a performance as you can against a deadly ground fighter. What a performance! One of the best of the year. This kid keeps being for real.

#4 ROSE NAMAJUNAS VS #6 MICHELLE WATERSON

WINNER: ROSE NAMAJUNAS VIA SUBMISSION R2 2:47

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MICHELLE WATERSON VIA SD

Andrews: I thought Waterson would be able to absorb the punishment of Rose, but it was not to be. Rose just overpowered her and cranked on that choke. Just an industrial performance by “Thug”, but look at the class shown by both afterwards.

MAIN EVENT

DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON VS #3 WILSON REIS

WINNER: DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON VIA SUBMISSION R3 4:49

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON VIA UD

Andrews: Is anyone surprised? Just another textbook performance by the greatest flyweight of all-time.

@kenaiandrews UFC on FOX 24: Johnson submits Reis, ties Anderson Silva’s title defence record

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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