Mighty Mouse Preaches Defense To Young Fighters
In the world of sports, one of the most common tropes is the phrase “defense wins championships.” For Demetrious Johnson, its not a trope, its a true statement for the man with the most successful title defenses in the history of UFC.
Even with a margin of strikes that were 172-22 in his most recent victory of Ray Borg at UFC 216, in an interview with The MMA Hour, Johnson preaches defense, especially to younger fighters.
“I mean, I saw Bobby Green and Lando Vannata (at UFC 216), and everybody in the back was like, ‘Oh, man, that’s a sick fight!’ And I’m like, ‘Dude, look at his face, that cannot be good for his brain,… I’m just honest. I think [Vannata] is an amazing fighter, he has a great game, he comes forward, does a good job mixing it up, great power. But for me, if I was his coach, I’d be like, ‘Dude, you need to work on your wrestling. We need to work on your clinch game. We need to work on not taking so much damage, because I want you to have a long career.’”
“I want to look back at your career and be like, ‘Man, you did such a good job of not taking any damage, and look, you have something to show for it. You have a 15-year career, instead of a short three or four years because of all the concussions you’ve taken.’”
…Those two fighters, amazing. I told Bobby Green, I was like, ‘Damn, dog, you go have that five-piece chicken meal. I was worried about you. You’ve got to duck and move and do some wrestling, homie.’”