Demetrious JohnsonNo athlete can stay on top forever. Every fighter eventually loses. And UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has no delusions that he’s any different. He knows he’s one punch, kick or submission away from losing his belt and falling in the rankings.

In fact, Johnson doesn’t pay much attention to rankings, although he sits atop the 125-pound division and is in the top five of the pound-for-pound rankings.

“I have no control over (the rankings). The only thing I have control over is the way I train and the way I perform in the Octagon. I’m more conscious about that. Pound-for-pound rankings, it just shows it’s really hard to go undefeated in this sport when you’re at the top of the level,” the champion told The Great MMA Debate Podcast. “So for me, pound-for-pound is awesome. I’m very happy that everybody sees me as No. 3 or 4, but at the end of the day I can get knocked off that list like anybody else.

“I think mixed martial arts is just like wrestling. You’re going to compete with the best in the world. You’re going to compete with a lot of different people and you can get beat on any given night,” added Johnson. “You can lose on any give night. I know when I fight at UFC 174, I know I can lose that belt. I know that can happen.”

Knowing that a loss is always looming in the shadows is what keeps Johnson humbled. It’s what keeps him grounded.

“That’s where my humbleness comes from. Yeah, I’m the best in the world and all that stuff. But all it takes is one punch and your whole life could change. I’m aware of that,” said Johnson. “I’m not going to be naïve and live in a fantasy world. I’m the best fighter in the world until somebody beats me and then they’re the best fighter in the world and all the limelight is on them.”

Johnson puts his title on the line for the fourth time at UFC 174 on Saturday against Ali Bagautinov who is riding a ten-fight winning streak. It’s the first time the flyweight division has been featured in a main event on pay-per-view, but for Johnson it’s just another fight.

“At the end of the day, it’s just another fight. It’s going to be on pay-per-view. I’m still training whether it’s going to be on FOX or FOX Sports 1. It doesn’t matter to me. It’s just another fight. But it’s awesome for the flyweights to get to headline their first pay-per-view and hopefully it does well.”

Follow on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Josh Samman found after drug-overdose call; mother reportedly denies rumors of heroin as cause

  • 24 days ago

UFC middleweight Josh Samman was found unresponsive in an apartment in south Florida after police were called to the scene on a suspected drug overdose. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 204 post-fight facts: Michael Bisping is now the UFC's all-time wins leader

  • 18 days ago

UFC 204, which took place Saturday at Manchester Arena in England, delivered in almost every way imaginable with nine stoppages in 11 scheduled fights. Check out the post-event facts.Filed under: New read news >>

Dana White Shoots Down Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva Rumor |

  • 16 days ago

Dana White continues to doubt Georges St-Pierre's desire to return, shooting down rumors of a St-Pierre fight against Anderson Silva. read news >>

Dana White responds to rumors of Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre at UFC 206

  • 16 days ago

Could Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre finally happen? read news >>

Reminder: TUF 24 Finale tickets on sale today with pound-for-pound No. 1 Demetrious Johnson

  • 13 days ago

As a reminder, tickets for the next live finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” go on sale to the general public today.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Dana White: GSP will not fight at UFC 206 in Toronto

  • 13 days ago

UFC President Dana White puts the rumors to rest that GSP will be returning to the UFC at UFC 206 in Toronto, Canada.After a three-year absence from the sport, Hall of Fame fighter Georges St. Pierre read news >>

Still unsure when he'll step back in the octagon, Jon Jones staying busy wrecking civilians

  • 10 days ago

Jon Jones is keeping himself occupied as he waits for his fate to unfold with the USADA and NSAC after he tested positive for banned substances prior to UFC 200.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Urijah Faber Isn't Done Yet, Books Next UFC Fight |

  • 8 days ago

Although retirement rumors have swirled around Urijah Faber after each of his last several bouts, he's already booked his next fight. read news >>

Demetrious Johnson: 'Nate Diaz Won' Conor McGregor Rematch (Video) |

  • 6 days ago

Flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson was mic’d up for hard-hitting analysis as Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor squared off in one of the biggest rematches in UFC history. read news >>

Between fights, Bellator 162's Virgil Zwicker a football coach and youth leader

  • 6 days ago

Virgil Zwicker has no problem admitting there are times when his focus is splintered away from MMA.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>