Facing competition from fellow nominees Conor McGregor, Gennady Golovkin, Terence Crawford and Andre Ward, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has been named ‘Best Fighter’ at ESPN’s award show ‘The ESPY’s’.

The UFC’s only flyweight champion in promotional history is currently the longest-reigning champion in the UFC having held the belt for just shy of five years and successfully tied Anderson Silva’s record of 10 title defences when he submitted Wilson Reis in April this year.

‘Mighty Mouse’ is widely considered the number one pound-for-pound fighter in mixed martial arts and became the third MMA fighter to win the ‘Best Fighter’ award in as many years after Ronda Rousey scooped the prize in 2015 with Conor McGregor winning last year.

Johnson winning the award comes soon after a war of words with UFC president Dana White over the flyweight’s future opponent and the promotions conduct in regards to the marketing of Johnson’s fights.