Demetrious Johnson laid claim to the UFC’s Flyweight Championship approximately two and-a-half years ago, and the renowned fighter has already defended the belt five times…That’s a pretty impressive accomplishment, not only because of the level of competition he’s facing, but because a lot of fighters have only fought maybe two, three times since then due to injuries.
So, how has “Mighty Mouse” been able to stay so active? And relatively healthy? The flyweight champ appeared on the latest edition of “UFC Tonight”, and while discussing his training philosophy, here is some of what Johnson had to say (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“I just train smart and make sure I don’t push my body to the point that it’s breaking.”
“If I’m aching, I go ‘you know what, I’m not going to do this,'” Johnson furthered. “They’re like ‘hey, we’re going to do iron man’. I’m like ‘I’m going to sit this one out’. We have a great training session then I’m just going to relax, enjoy myself, and watch the young bucks do it.”
It’s also worth noting that Johnson is one of the sport’s most explosive and dynamic fighters, so clearly he’s doing something right. He’s also sitting in the #3 ranking for the UFC’s pound-for-pound division.
Just this week it was announced that Johnson will fight Kyoji Horiguchi at UFC 186, on April 25th.
Johnson (21-2-1) is coming off a second round, submission win over Chris Cariaso in September, after scoring a UD victory over Ali Bagautinov last June.
Horiguchi (15-1), meanwhile, has won four straight since joining the UFC and earned a decision win over Louis Gaudinot last month. While the agile striker has impressed since joining the UFC, if he can end the reign of Johnson, it will be a pretty, pretty sizeable upset.
UFC 186 will go down at Montreal’s Bell Centre and will also feature bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw taking on Renan Barao.