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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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”
Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:
Just make sure you don’t put cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did so it’ll be easy to grab ahold of you @lyotomachidafw 👌
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 17, 2017
Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”
Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.
“Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”
Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.
The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.
Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.
With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th? Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
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