To put it simply, Demetrious Johnson has no plans to retire anytime soon.
Former UFC flyweight champion and current ONE Championship competitor Johnson is optimistic about his MMA future. Johnson, 36, has been a professional athlete for 15 years, compiling a 30–4–1 record. However, Johnson remains confident in his position despite being well into his fighting career.
“I think three to four more years,” Johnson said.
“I’ll probably keep on competing, depending on how my body feels. And after that, I want to spend as much time with my family and my kids. I love being a father. I love being a husband. I love being at home. That’s one of the things I truly cherish.
“And I think as far as competition, I will focus on grappling just because you’re not taking brain trauma. … So I think I’ll focus more on grappling and go from there.”
On Friday at ONE on Prime Video 1, Johnson is back in the ring. In the main event, he faces champion Adriano Moraes in a rematch for the title, hoping to avenge his knockout loss to Moraes a year ago.
According to Johnson, his current deal with ONE Championship is almost up. He has no qualms about trying free agency and seeing what else is out there, but he anticipates finishing his career with ONE.
“Yeah, I think so,” Johnson said.
“I’m 36 years old. I got a couple of fights left on my contract, and I’m happy over here, so I don’t see why not.
“Obviously, when I come to that bridge, and I have to cross it, obviously my mindset is going to be different. When I was 31 years old, and I thought I was going to stop at 35 just because I don’t know how my body is going to be like. But now that I’m 36, I feel great, and here I am still competing. So we’ll see what happens.”
That’s right, Demetrious Johnson has no intention of hanging it up any time soon.
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