Demetrious Johnson isn’t interested in making excuses for his first defeat under the ONE Championship banner.
Johnson is considered to be one of the best MMA fighters of all time. He remains the record holder for most successful consecutive UFC title defenses at 11. “Mighty Mouse” made his debut for ONE back in 2019 and while he’s had success with the promotion, there is a blemish.
Back in April 2021, Johnson took on Adriano Moraes for the ONE Flyweight Championship. Moraes stunned Johnson, scoring a second-round knockout win.
Demetrious Johnson Still Isn’t Making Excuses
Demetrious Johnson appeared as a guest on The MMA Hour. On the show, he told Ariel Helwani that he won’t be using any excuse for the defeat.
“Nah. He came out and he performed that night. So, we had the same stipulations. He came out, he performed and got that finish. So, I don’t say, ‘Oh, that one doesn’t count.’ Losses are losses and I take it like a man, and I give people their losses like a man too. It’s part of the game.”
Not Losing His Mojo
“Mighty Mouse” went on to say that despite the defeat, he feels he never lost a step.
“I never felt that I lost my mojo. I think there’s a UFC fighter [Jessica-Rose Clark]. She posted something, and she said she saw a sports psychiatrist and she said that us as athletes are so attached to our wins and our losses.”
Johnson went on to say that he’s learned from others such as a motocross coach that it’s not so much about the result, but what developments you made. He also said he’s taken note that those who don’t keep themselves on an even playing field may wind up depressed over losing.
“Mighty Mouse” was last seen in action on March 26. He took on Rodtang Jitmuangnon in a mixed rules match. Johnson emerged victorious via technical submission in the second round.