ONE World Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson has opened up about how his fight camp at AMC Pankration helped him stay calm in the face of adversity.
Johnson faced former flyweight titleholder Adriano Moraes at ONE on Prime Video 1 on August 26. Both fighters delivered that night, delivering high quality performances and surpassing their thrilling first world title match which came in 2021.
There were instances of adversity for “Mighty Mouse” in the opening round when Moraes caught him with a good headbutt and then landed on his knees on the ground.
The Washington native was later asked by ONE Championship in their post-fight interview how he managed to stay so calm when put in these situations. Johnson responded by saying:
“Just chilled, man. It’s a fighting game. Like my training camps are very, very hard. Like, I literally get beat up when I train with my coaches. You know, I’m not surrounded by a whole bunch of yes-men. Like, I’m pushed. And I know everyone says, oh, you know, I’m not the biggest dog in the room. Let’s just say that.”
‘Mighty Mouse’ continued:
“When he hit me on the top of the head, I was like, ‘Ah, good for you!’ I was telling him, and he was like, ‘Oh my god, I’m kicking him in the head!’ and he talks to me. And I was like, yeah, I was like because I’m here. I feel like now, at this point in my career, I’m taking it all in, and I can see. is like I’ve almost reached the next level. You know, I keep getting better.
After an exhilarating back-and-forth battle, Demetrious Johnson caught Moraes with a strong right hand before coming away with a knockout knee in the fourth round. As if anyone doubted it, “Mighty Mouse” proved to be on a whole new level in the organization.
Demetrious Johnson reveals how he will spend 50,000 performance bonuses
After his stunning knee knockout against Moraes, Demetrious Johnson pocketed another 50,000 bonus for his spectacular performance.
Johnson was coming off a win over Rodtang Jitmuangnon in a special rules fight that instilled a sense of confidence in the 36-year-old veteran. He worked diligently in the gym with help from local Brazilian jiu-jitsu coaches and “Triple C” Henry Cejudo to prepare for every possible scenario on fight night on Prime Video.
Now that Demetrious Johnson has restored why he is one of the greatest flyweights of all time in the world, he will lay low to enjoy life and the extra 50,000 with his beautiful family. Inside the circle, Johnson quickly revealed his plans for how he will spend his bonus:
“I’m paying my taxes, I’m going to put some money aside for my kids for their college fund, and whatever’s left, I might take the wife out so she can have a coke, we’ll see what happens. will happen.”
Watch Demetrious Johnson’s post-fight interview below: