Demetrious Johnson Describes Why He Traded UFC For ONE FC

Demetrious Johnson Has Never Liked The Way UFC Promotes Fights

The legendary trade between Demetrious Johnson and Ben Askren was finalized this weekend. “Mighty Mouse” has shown ONE FC contract on his Twitter account. The Asian promotion officially got a new superstar!

The best UFC Flyweight fighter of all time was never thrilled with the way UFC was promoting the fights. He confessed that he has never been a fan of bullying. “Mighty Mouse” also stated that he didn’t like the fact attacking the potential opponent on social media brings more popularity.

According to the former UFC Flyweight superstar, true martial artists should clear the things up inside the ring. In North America, there is no respect, trash-talking sells fights! In ONE FC, the situation is completely different. (via

“I was always never the biggest fan of the way people went about promoting their fights over in North America,” Johnson told reporters (via MMAJunkie). “I saw it as a way some athletes used it as a way of bullying, as a way of trying to gain followers. When an athlete says on Twitter ‘why haven’t you signed the contract yet’ to another athlete, for me I see that as a form of bullying. All that’s going to do is stir people to go to that person’s Twitter or social media and say, ‘You’re scared, you don’t want this, you’re chicken.’ When I see professional athletes doing that, that are trying to embody the spirit of a martial artist, it just puts a bad taste in my mouth.”

“I’m very, and I say with high praise, I’m very excited that I don’t have to go through that whole thing and (I can) be OK with myself as a true martial artist. And I felt I’ve always done that in my time here in North America,” Demetrious Johnson said. “And now that everybody does that, it’s in everybody’s DNA in Asia. It’s always about respect and promoting the fight the correct way as a true martial artist: We’re going to go in there and test our skills against each other. I’m very much looking forward to that way of promoting fights than it is in North America. That was something that I just didn’t fit in.”

Demetrious Johnson is not a guy who prefers insulting people. He trains MMA because he sees it as the way to express his emotions. According to “Mighty Mouse”, a true master of martial arts should never insult or troll anybody.

“People told me … there’s nothing worse than when I’m at the gym working out and somebody says, ‘Dude, if you want to sell more tickets and get your name on the (next box of) Frosted Flakes, you’ve got to talk more trash.’ That’s not who I am. I’m not a confrontational person. I do mixed martial arts because it’s something I love, and it helps me express my feelings. I’m an artist when I get to compete. Artists don’t run their mouth and attack people or cause a big scene. They focus and put their energy on what they love to do, which is being a martial artist. What I love to do, which is being a martial artist. So I’m very much looking forward to it.”

But it looks like the future of UFC Flyweight division is seriously endangered by Johnson’s trade. Henry Cejudo is interested in UFC title fight against Bantamweight king TJ Dillashaw. So there is a big chance the division will lack in superstars.

Johnson encourages fighters to follow his steps and test their luck in ONE FC. “Mighty Mouse” also stated it is “unfortunate” since there is a chance UFC is going to close Flyweight division.

 “Demetrious Johnson says it’s ‘unfortunate’ that the UFC might close the flyweight division. He believes the UFC should keep the division. But if the athletes from there want to join him in ONE Championship, he believes that will be the best place in the world to fight.”

Do you agree with Demetrious Johnson? After all, Conor McGregor is the most popular martial artist in the world. Despite his behavior, Dana White loves him as if he is his own son! Also, do you believe UFC Flyweight division is on a thin ice at the moment?

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