Demetrious Johnson is undoubtably the greatest flyweight in mixed martial arts (MMA) history.
“Mighty Mouse” once found himself on a 13-fight win streak and capturing the UFC record for most consecutive title defenses at 11. He was then defeated by Henry Cejudo at UFC 227 via split decision, a fight that ultimately proved to be his last in the UFC.
Johnson was then traded to ONE Championship, where he made a thunderous debut with a second-round submission win over Yuya Wakamatsu. Now, Johnson is on a quest to capture the ONE Championship flyweight title, a feat he says would be the “cherry on top” of a legendary career (via BJPenn.com):
“I’d be ecstatic [to win the ONE flyweight title], it’d be another notch on my legacy,” Johnson said.
“My mindset right now is staying healthy and putting on amazing fights for ONE Championship. You know, I was the champion [in the UFC] for six years, I defended the title 11 times consecutively, pulled off some amazing submissions, pulled off some amazing fights. So for me, it’s a cherry on top.”
At 32-years-old, Johnson is already working on his retirement plan. Once he’s ready to finally hang up his gloves for good, Johnson wants to focus most of his time with his family:
“100% [I’d continue to work with ONE], as long as I’m able to do it and be a part of my children’s lives,” Johnson said. “When I retire from mixed martial arts, then most of my time is going to go towards catering to my family. I spend so much time away from them when I’m getting ready for the fights.
“It wouldn’t be fair of me if I was like ‘ok now I’m going to the second part of my career, and I’m leaving you guys for a long time.’ At the end of the day, I will be a part of ONE Championship and Esports, but I will be a part of my children’s lives.”