Demetrious Johnson Reveals Plans For MMA Retirement

Could Demetrious Johnson be calling it a career soon? Well, “Mighty Mouse” will hang his gloves up one day, but according to the 12-time UFC champion, that day won’t come for some time yet. The ONE Championship flyweight recently made his promotional debut at March 31’s A New Era. He submitted Yuya Wakamatsu with a […]

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Could Demetrious Johnson be calling it a career soon?

Well, “Mighty Mouse” will hang his gloves up one day, but according to the 12-time UFC champion, that day won’t come for some time yet.

The ONE Championship flyweight recently made his promotional debut at March 31’s A New Era. He submitted Yuya Wakamatsu with a brutal standing guillotine. The future is bright for him in ONE and he put his loss to Henry Cejudo behind him. Today, he opened up about how long he plans to stay fighting.

“I give myself five more years in mixed martial arts then I’m done,” Johnson said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (h/t bjpenn.com). “Five years, I’ll be 37, I’ll be old. At the end of the day, the biggest thing I’ll say, the difference… It’s been since 2011… Was the last time I fought at 135 [pounds]. And for me making this weight cut… Or weighing in at 135… My body’s being able to recover a lot faster.

“So who knows, I might be able to postpone five years to seven years because I’m not having to put my body through that traumatic weight cut to make 125.”

The former UFC champion then revealed that he didn’t want to get hurt by one big shot like Eddie Alvarez did in his ONE debut. Johnson planned to call it a day before he reached that time.

“It’s hard, man. For example, Eddie Alvarez, awesome dude, and to see what happened to him, it was one punch. It wasn’t a combination of punches, it was just one punch that landed in the right spot, hit him in the eye and I was like, ‘damn your eye is f*cked up,’ He could possibly go blind! One shot. So at the end of the day, man, why risk it? Why risk that happening to me if I can say, ‘you know what? You gotta cut it off at five years.’”

Five years is a long time in MMA. Especially in Japanese mixed martial arts where proportions are much more flexible with their contracted fighters. They often allow their fighters to compete in kickboxing, pro-wrestling, and grappling matches.

Johnson’s next bout will be in the ONE flyweight tournament. He will face the winner of the Tatsumitsu Wada vs. Gustavo Balart contest that takes place at ONE: Roots of Honor this Friday night, April 12, 2019.

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Sage Northcutt Comments On ONE Championship Debuts Of Demetrious Johnson & Eddie Alvarez

Sage Northcutt hasn’t made his ONE Championship debut yet, but two fellow former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters have. Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez made their ONE Championship debuts at the end of March in Tokyo, Japan. John…

Sage Northcutt hasn’t made his ONE Championship debut yet, but two fellow former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters have. Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez made their ONE Championship debuts at the end of March in Tokyo, Japan. Johnson was successful in his outing, submitting Yuya Wakamatsu. It was a different story for Alvarez as he […]

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Demetrious Johnson Speaks On Winning In ONE Championship Debut

Demetrious Johnson is elated with how his ONE Championship debut went down. Earlier today (March 31), Johnson competed inside the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. “Mighty Mouse” went one-on-one with Yuya Wakamatsu in an opening round ONE …

Demetrious Johnson is elated with how his ONE Championship debut went down. Earlier today (March 31), Johnson competed inside the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. “Mighty Mouse” went one-on-one with Yuya Wakamatsu in an opening round ONE Championship Flyweight Grand Prix bout. Johnson emerged victorious via second-round submission. ‘Mighty Mouse’ Happy With ONE Championship Debut […]

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ONE Championship Highlights: Demetrious Johnson Wins, Eddie Alvarez KO’d

Demetrious Johnson enjoyed a winning debut in ONE Championship, choking out Yuya Wakamatsu on Sunday, but it was a night to forget for fellow newcomer Eddie Alvarez …

Demetrious Johnson enjoyed a winning debut in ONE Championship, choking out Yuya Wakamatsu on Sunday, but it was a night to forget for fellow newcomer Eddie Alvarez …

ONE Championship 92 Results: Demetrious Johnson Wins, Eddie Alvarez Stopped (Video)

New champions were crowned at ONE Championship 92 and two former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title holders made their promotional debuts. ONE Championship: A New Era took place earlier today (March 31) in Tokyo, Japan. In the main event, Shiny…

New champions were crowned at ONE Championship 92 and two former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title holders made their promotional debuts. ONE Championship: A New Era took place earlier today (March 31) in Tokyo, Japan. In the main event, Shinya Aoki submitted Eduard Folayang to recapture the ONE Championship lightweight title. Xiong Jing Nan finished […]

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The Real Winners and Losers from ONE Championship: A New Era

ONE Championship went to Tokyo and the Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena for their biggest event to date on Sunday. The event was appropriately titled A New Era . Because that is exactly what it is supposed to begin…

ONE Championship went to Tokyo and the Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena for their biggest event to date on Sunday. The event was appropriately titled A New Era . Because that is exactly what it is supposed to begin…