If one thing is for sure Demetrious Johnson is used to being criticised for his lack of marketability.
Because of his lack of blatant trash talk amongst other things “Mighty Mouse” has picked the up the label of ‘boring’. Despite this there is no denying his ability and his consistent domination in the octagon.
Johnson’s next contest takes place on 5th September in Las Vegas at UFC 191 when he takes on John “Magician” Dodson at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“Mighty Mouse” was asked by MMAjunkie about his apparent lack of marketability and people describing him as boring. His response was this:
“It’s only the fans and uneducated fools out there that say, ‘Oh, you’re boring,’” Johnson told MMAjunkie on today’s UFC 191 media call. “You can say so, but you just don’t understand what I’m doing. There’s a process going on with the technique I bring to the table.”
“I try not to think about that stuff because it’s only going to go so far. When you start thinking about that stuff then you don’t give great performances. I’m in the history book for the latest submission in UFC history. I’m more focused on that; going out and performing and being a well-rounded fighter.”
At the start of his career Demetrious appeared to be a reserved personality and not very open about certain topics. Although, that has appeared to have changed recently as he has opened up on his thoughts on various topic. I do recall him a few months back talking and discussing the bout between Featherweight Champ Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor which was eventually a non event and cancelled (although the fight is rumoured to go ahead at the end of the year)which resulted in Conor McGregor facing Chad Mendes for the interim Featherweight championship at UFC 189 and being victorious in doing so.
Demetrious then had this to say:
“You can’t make everybody in the world happy,” Johnson said. “People make comments about me being honest and speaking my mind and some people are like, ‘I wish he would just shut the hell up.’ There’s a person where you can make them a cup of tea and they’re going to like it or they’re not. You can’t make everyone in the world happy. Once you start trying to make everyone in the world happy and make the fans happy then you’re going to lose sight of what’s more important and that’s being the best mixed martial artist in the division”
When asked about Dodson and he first time they though all the way back in 2013 “Mighty Mouse” said he is expecting an ‘improved’ Dodson.
“For me, we were able to go back and look back at the first video for the fight and even look at the fights he had after we fought. We went back and started training to be the best martial artist you can on that night. Other than that, you can see the success you had for the first fight, but it doesn’t mean it’s going to be there in the second one. As time goes on that person will and should get better.”
From a distance you get the feeling that Demetrious simply doesn’t care if people think he’s ‘boring’ or ‘unmarketable’ and all he cares about is being the best fighter in his division which is not a bad way to go.
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UFC Announces Liverpool Event, Darren Till Main Event
Scousers are drowning in celebration this evening. Earlier today, UFC officials announced the addition of a Liverpool show to their 2018 event calendar. Liverpool’s, Echo Arena, plays host for the event, which takes place on May 27th.
Liverpool’s own, Darren Till made the announcement this afternoon with Dan Hardy at the UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov, ceremonial weigh-in. When asked by Hardy what it means to have the UFC in Liverpool, he had this to day, “Words can’t describe it. It doesn’t do it justice, words. So, it’s coming and I’m going to be the first Scousers to ever have done it. In 200 years they’re going to remember my name in combat sports in Liverpool. I’m gonna take someones chin off in Liverpool, that’s what’s happening”.
He was also quoted in an release from the promotion saying, “I can’t believe UFC is finally coming to Liverpool and I’m going to be headlining Echo Arena. My name is going to be remembered in 200 years time for being part of this historical event and I can’t even describe how much that means to me”. Till will headline the card, his opponent is yet to be announced.
In the official release, it quotes David Shaw, Senior Vice President International and Content, claiming, “The stars really aligned for the Octagon to touch down in Liverpool. We have seen such phenomenal demand from fans in the region for a live event. Pair that with having such a rising, local star in Darren Till it made absolute sense to bring our first live event to this historical combat sports city in 2018”.
UFC Liverpool lands on a date speculated for a different venue, in a different country. Reports swirled last month, specifically one from MMAFighting.com, which claimed the May 27th date belonged to the UFCs return to Dublin. A return to Dublin doesn’t seem to fall completely out of the realm of possibility. For now, it remains to be seen.
The UFC also announced two bouts, both in the Middleweight division, booked for the event. Elias Therodorou takes on Trevor Smith, and Daniel Kelly goes up against England’s Tom Breese.
Marco Reyes Flagged for Potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation
Earlier today, UFC officials announced that Lightweight, Marco Reyes was flagged for a potential UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation. The potential violation hails from a sample collected on March 8th, 2018, in an out-of-competition test.
Reyes made his way into the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, season 2. Competing in the lightweight bracket, Reyes defeated Christhian Soto by 2nd rd. TKO of a preliminary round bout. He then went onto to face Horacio Gutiérrez, in the semifinals of the tournament. Gutiérrez defeated Reyes in the opening round by TKO.
Following his elimination from the tournament, the Mexican fighter met Cezar Arzamendia on the series finale, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. Reyes impressively defeated Arzamendia, whom was the first overall pick for Team Gastelum, by 1st round KO.
From there, Reyes defeated Dong Hung Kim (rd. 1, KO), and Jason Novelli (Split Decision) respectively, before falling to rising contender James Vick. Most recently, the Lightweight fighter dispatched Matt Frevola in the opening round, ruining the Long Islanders promotional debut. His bout against Frevola took place at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi, on January 14th of this year.
The UFC statement on the matter reads as follows:
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Marco Reyes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on March 8, 2018.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Reyes. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
Dillon Danis to make Pro debut against Kyle Walker at Bellator 198
Mixed Martial Arts officially adopted another incredibly talented jiu-jitsu practioner today. Bellator officials announced today the long-awaited debut of Dillon Danis, whom the promotion had signed in the year previous. After zero amateur and countless jiu-jitsu matches, Danis makes his debut at Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, against Kyle Walker.
Kyle Walker enters the match up also making his Bellator debut. Walker recently made a resurgence in 2016 after taking off, almost exactly, 3 years. Since returning to the professional scene his record is 0-3, losing each fight by stoppage (2 Sub, 1 KO).
Walker looks to snap his streak yet, his opponent could provide a major challenge. In terms of advantages for Walker, he has a massive and obvious one. His experience. Walkers opponent fights for the first time in the sport of MMA. While Danis competed in many top-level jiu-jitsu tournaments and matches, comparing the competition would stop and end upon examining the rule sets. It is quite obvious, the difference. Danis will have a bit of adversity to overcome, in that respect.
In spite of this, Danis’ team, he trains out of the highly regarded SBG Ireland. Even before his MMA training, he trained under Marcelo Garcia. He earned his black belt in April of 2015, following an incredible 2014. In that year, Danis became UAEJJF World Champion, winning gold in the 82 kg (181 lb.) Brown belt category.
The prospect of what that could look like inside the cage is exciting. He may have developed some striking techniques but, the lack of time dedicated to that training in undeniable. Experience and time is required to develop skills of any kind.
Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, takes place on Saturday, April 28th from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Bellator 198 features the third of four preliminary bouts in the promotions Heavyweight Grand Prix, Fedor Emelianenko takes on Frank Mir. It serves as the nights main event. Other bouts on the card feature; Emmanuel Sanchez against Sam Sicilia, Neiman Gracie faces Javier Torres, Rafael Lavato Jr. vs. John Salter, and more.
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