Since becoming the inaugural UFC Flyweight Champion champion in September 22, the 28-year-old has defended his title five times – against John Dodson, John Moraga, Joseph Benavidez, Ali Bagautinov and Chris Cariaso – but on Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, 'Mighty Mouse' takes on a fighter in Kyoji Horiguchi like any other before.
The Japanese former Shooto bantamweight champion is unbeaten in four UFC fights and has only one MMA defeat to his record. He is renowned for the speed with which he executes attacks from range and possesses a range of options with which he can knock-out his opponent.
"He's a great fighter. He brings a great skill-set to the Octagon. He hasn't been beaten in a long time. He only has one loss in his record. I'm just going to focus out there and take it to him," Johnson told the media before his fight against the 24-year-old from Takasaki.
"He has great speed to him. He waits back, waits back and then jumps all over you, so I'm taking that very seriously. That's where he is most dangerous to be honest."
Whist the champion is fully aware of the threat his opponent on Saturday in Canada carries, the Parkland resident remains confident of adding another title defense to his name.
"Anything can happen, it's reality, but I am going out there and I am expecting to come away with a victory."