Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson is the top pound-for-pound fighter in UFC's official rankings, but unless it pays, he doesn't care.
Johnson will defend his UFC Flyweight Championship this Saturday at the TUF 24 Finale, and look to inch closer to the record books with his ninth consecutive title defense. When asked about his spot in the rankings, he said he doesn't pay any mind to it.
"I told people the other day, Conor can blow right past me. I'm not really concerned about the mythical pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, the No. 1 ranked fighter," Johnson told FOX Sports. "The only person that can probably take advantage of being the actual No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world is Conor McGregor because he can attach it to his name and he can go out and land some big business deals because he can say he's the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world."
Johnson noted that when he drops from 1 to 2 in the rankings, it doesn't affect him. He opts to continue not caring until the UFC give him incentive to care.
"Unless the UFC was like, 'if you're the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world you get extra $40,000 bonus check every year,' then I'll start coming out of the woodworks and say, 'yeah I'm the No. 1 fighter in the world and the reason why is (Conor McGregor) just got (expletive) choked out by Nate Diaz and you mismanaged your energy output'," Johnson said. "So the best No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world should have known in there fighting a guy that you're not going to be able to knock out to dial it down a little bit.
Johnson squares off with the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 24 this Saturday night on the TUF 24 finale. You can read the full interview over at Fox Sports.