Demetrious Johnson mulling retirement ahead of bout with Moraes

Former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, also known as ‘Mighty Mouse’, has been considering retirement ahead of his next bout. Johnson is considered one of the best mixed martial artists in the world and holds the record for the most consecutive title defenses in the UFC, with a total of 11 straight defenses.

Johnson is a technical athlete who has produced some iconic moves in the octagon. He lost his title in 2018 and was subsequently traded for Ben Askren from ONE Championship. Since then, Johnson has been competing in ONE Championship, where he is currently 4-1 and holds the flyweight championship.

Johnson’s one loss in ONE Championship came from Adriano Moraes in 2021, where he was knocked out in the second round. However, the pair had a rematch in the same year, with Johnson snatching back his title via fourth-round knockout. For his next outing, Johnson will have a trilogy bout with Moraes.

Despite still having a passion for mixed martial arts, the 36-year-old Johnson has been pondering retirement for the past few days. In various interviews, he expressed concerns about how long he can compete and acknowledged that he is getting too old for it.

In a recent interview with ESPN, Johnson said that his next bout could be his last. He has sought advice from his family and friends about retirement. Johnson said, “I’m 36 now and I have accomplished everything in this sport. The only thing I’ve never accomplished in this sport is never get on a massive pay-per-view with Conor McGregor.”