According to Demetrious Johnson, His Upcoming Fight May be His Last

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Demetrious Johnson

In March of the year 2021, Demetrious Johnson expressed to theScore his desire to continue competing in the martial arts professional circuit for the next four years.

If everything went according to plan, Johnson would still have two years of work left after this before retiring. During that time, he was scheduled to compete against Adriano Moraes to win the flyweight championship of ONE Championship.

In the end, he was knocked out, which was the first time in the past twelve years and 28 professional fights that he had ever been defeated by a stoppage. But Johnson avenged himself by knocking out Moraes in the fourth round in their rematch in August of last year, which resulted in Johnson winning the ONE belt.

The week before last, theScore contacted Johnson, who is 36 years old and reminded him of the four-year retirement timetable he had outlined. We also inquired as to whether or not he was going to stick to his original plan, asking whether or not he would continue competing for another two years.

The man who had previously held the title of UFC champion and was destined to be inducted into the Hall of Fame laughed, but that was the sort of grin that said, “Definitely not.” There was not the slightest bit of hesitancy visible in his response to the inquiry.

Johnson responded by saying “That is not f—ing happening.” I’ll be honest with you: That’s not going to take place. F–k no.

On May 5, Johnson is expected to engage in the first trilogy fight of his successful mixed martial arts career versus Moraes. Johnson will be defending the ONE flyweight championship against Moraes for the very first time.

The match will serve as the main event for ONE Fight Night 10, which will take place in Broomfield, Colorado. This will be the first time ONE has held an event in the United States. And Johnson is not ruling out the possibility that this will be his final participation in a mixed martial arts bout.

Johnson speculated that it might be the case. “It could be,” he stated. “You can never tell.” “You cannot know.”

The man who is fondly referred to as “Mighty Mouse” has competed in every facet of mixed martial arts (MMA).

He is the first-ever champ in the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), holds the record for the most successful defenses of a title in a row in UFC history (11), and holds a tie alongside Jon Jones for the most successful defenses of a title overall (11).

 Additionally, he was victorious in the ONE Flyweight Grand Prix event and has triumphed against the most accomplished flyweights of his generation, including Joseph Benavidez, Henry Cejudo, John Dodson, and Kyoji Horiguchi, among others.

A victory over Moraes for a second time would place Johnson among the shortlist of competitors who have successfully defended championships in two major promotions. This would be yet another achievement to add to Johnson’s ever-growing list of accomplishments.

 However, he is not continuing to fight so that he can continue to add to his legacy. Already, he is considered to be one of the greatest of all time. He has stayed around because he is committed to providing for his family, which consists of his wife Destiny and their three children.

My close companions, who aren’t involved in MMA ask me, “What else do you attempting to prove?” As Johnson put it. I’m attempting to get the cash and this bag, and I’m not doing very well at it.

Even though he has the goal of maximizing his wages, he also has the goal of increasing the amount of time he spends with his family. Because of this, after the fight against Moraes, he intends to rethink his plans for the future.

According to Johnson, at this very moment, the children are at the beach, where they are having a nice time, taking pleasure in life, and feeding seals. “That’s stuff that I’m missing.” There will only be one time when my children are 9, 8, and 4 years old.

I believe that once this battle is over, I will figure out what it is that I’d like to do. I hope to one day compete in the IBJJF while wearing my Gi and get my black belt in the sport…

But I do not wish to continue fighting for another two years. I lack interest. When I hear that there are still two more years to go, I think to myself, “Ew, that seems horrible.”

Of course, money can buy anything. Johnson had his own admission to make. Because of this, he is not making any guarantees, either positive or negative.

But the very last thing he wishes to do is to remain here for a longer period of time than he ought to.

Johnson stated that he had been practicing this activity for the past 18 years, beginning when he was 18 years old. If you remain at the gathering for a prolonged period, you will inevitably become intoxicated at some point. I am unwilling to become intoxicated.

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