Lewis Smith blog 5: Is Brett ‘The Pikey’ Johns now ready for UFC elite?

Brett ‘The Pikey’ Johns is quickly becoming the hottest prospect in the UFC’s Bantamweight division, and after wowing fans in Las Vegas with a spectacular submission over former title contender Joe Soto – it appears the hype surrounding this man is about to get even bigger.

With three wins from three in his UFC career so far, Johns has made a giant splash since signing with the worlds premiere organisation in 2016. Added to a perfect overall record of 15-0, it should be no surprise that people are so excited about the 25 year old fighter from Swansea.

With his win over Soto this weekend – coming by a calf slicer submission in the early seconds of the first round – Johns earned himself a well deserved $50,000 bonus, as well as a great deal of fans in the process. So what can we expect to see from ‘The Pikey’ in the next 18 months?

“I want to get to that belt, it’s as simple as that,” said Johns in his post fight interview with Daniel Cormier.

“The guys in the top ten are all sharks and I’ve got respect for all of them but I’m coming. I’m bringing a big massive dragon with me, some big massive dragon support, and I’m coming for that gold belt end of 2018.”

It would seem a bold statement from the Welsh fighter, though Johns is more than prepared to back up everything he says in the cage. As seen previously by capturing belts in both the Cage Warriors and Titan FC organisations. He has a strong base in judo and wrestling, with a relentless grinding style that has given him notable wins over fighters such as Kwan Ho Kwak.

Having spoken with Brett on several occasions, one thing that always stands out about him is the humble manner in which he conducts himself around media and fans alike. Brett has also faced his battles outside of the octagon, which adds a steely self confidence and determination to the way he approaches the sport.

It is this determination that has driven him thus far to the UFC, and that has now given him the opportunity to make real headway in the top ten come 2018. The task he has in front of him will be monumental. The Bantamweight division as it stands, is currently one of the deepest talent pools on the roster, boasting elite fighters the likes of TJ Dillashaw, Cody Garbrandt, and Dominick Cruz, all at the top of a list in which there is no easy fight.

George Orwell once described sport as being like war without weapons, and if Brett is to emulate his success in previous organisations with the UFC, he will have many wars ahead. I have every confidence that with the right timing and match ups, Brett Johns has all the talent required to compete for a UFC title. I know for certain that he will be supported fiercely by the people of Wales in this endeavour.

After his win over Joe Soto, who should Brett Johns fight next? Have your say in the comments below.

Welsh MMA writer with a passion for sport. Follow me on twitter @lew1s2

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