Pound-for-pound great Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson has been competing professionally for over a decade and is a 12-time Flyweight World Champion.
The 32-year-old reveals that he is grateful for his mixed martial arts career thus far, for allowing him to have opportunities he did not have before in his life and to provide for the most important people to him, his family.
“Martial arts taught me hard work pays off,” Johnson said.
“I’ve been training since I was 18 years old in martial arts and it has been able to give me a life that I could have never imagined. I was able to travel Asia, I was able to give my wife and kids a life that I did not have and to put my kids to college. That means the most to me.”
Johnson recalled how his family started. He met his wife at a restaurant where they used to work. After dating for quite a while they got married and they now have three kids. Speaking about his family, Johnson was beaming with pride and happiness.
The American mixed martial arts superstar holds family at the very top of his priority list and says they are the reason he fights.
“I met my wife, Destiny Johnson, at Red Lobster. She was a server while I worked as a cook and after giving her my number, our story took off from there,” Johnson said.
“Through our love we now have three beautiful children and I love them to death, and they are my whole world.”
Johnson has been at the pinnacle of the sport, and although he had already achieved many great things, he never considered giving up. He cites his family as the reason he keeps pushing himself forward.
“The only reason why I keep going is my family and obviously the competition to prove that I’m the best in the world but it’s just a fight, just to prove who is better,” Johnson said.
“Mighty Mouse” is set to make his highly-anticipated ONE Championship debut in ONE: A NEW ERA which takes place 31 March in Tokyo, Japan.
He will be facing Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu in the quarter-finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix. This is the first live event of ONE Championship in Japan.
With victory on his radar, Johnson’s goals in life are simple, to give his best in every bout and to provide for his family.
“For me I just want to go out there and compete, put on great performances and take care of my family,” Johnson concluded.