Former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson challenges One Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes on April 11.
The fighter will have to call it a career at some point in the future and Johnson plans on doing it while competing with One Championship.
“I will retire at ONE Championship. This is my last organization,” Johnson told MMA Junkie. “I love this organization. I love everything they stand for, I love how they take care of the athletes, so this is my last (organization). This is it. Once I’m done, I’m retired. I’m like, ‘I’m done, peace,’ because there’s nothing else for me to prove for North America. There truly isn’t. I’m trying to make something of myself over here in Asia. And if I’m able to get another piece of gold, fantastic. If not, I look to put on some great spectacular performances. Fighting in North America for pretty much the majority of my career and each time I traveled to Asia, they’re like, ‘Can you please come over here and fight for us?’ We want to see you fight live, we want to see you fight live.’ I’m like, ‘OK, maybe one day I will.’ Now I’m over here fighting live for them. So I’m giving them what they wanted.”
Johnson is one of the most decorated fighters in MMA history, as he is the longest reigning UFC Flyweight Champion and the fighter holds multiple records with the UFC.
While Johnson doesn’t know an exact retirement date, it seems like the fighter is looking to hang up the gloves in about five years.
“I give myself five more years,” Johnson said. “It all depends on the body, right? Like, I’m 32 years old (last year). I fought three times last year. I think I’ll probably fight twice this year. So as long as my body (is healthy), I’m having a fun with it, and I’m enjoying it, I’m just going to keep on going. But if I start, you know, getting knocked out, getting CTE and concussions and broken bones, I’m like, this isn’t worth it. I’ll focus on myself. I’m just being a realist. You know what I mean? I’m 33 years old. If I put five years at ONE, that’s what, I’m going to be 38 years old if my math is correct. Right, right, 38, 39. Then I’d be like, ‘Yeah, I’m done. I think I’m done.”
One Championship: Moraes vs. Johnson takes place on Saturday, April 11 from a location to be announced with Adriano Moraes and Demetrious Johnson headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on Bleacher Report Live.