Demetrious Johnson, currently regarded as perhaps the best pound-for-pound mixed martial artist in the world, can add the ESPY award for “Best Fighter” to his trophy case.
The reigning UFC flyweight champion received the honor during a ceremony on Wednesday night. “Mighty Mouse” beat out UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and boxers Andre Ward, Gennady Golovkin, and Terence Crawford to win the award.
Johnson is the third straight mixed martial artist to capture the “Best Fighter” ESPY, joining McGregor in 2016 and former UFC bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey in 2015. Prior to that, undefeated boxing pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather had won the award three years in a row.
Johnson is currently tied with Anderson Silva for most consecutive UFC title defenses with 10. He last appeared at UFC on Fox 24, where he submitted Wilson Reis with an armbar 4:49 into the third round. Since then, the AMC Pankration representative has been in a public dispute with UFC President Dana White regarding his next opponent after he balked at facing T.J. Dillashaw in favor of Ray Borg.