When it comes to being an MMA fighter, it is very important to be entertaining to the fans. By doing such, they will be able to promote their brand, sell out tickets for venues which book their fights, and help endorse deals outside of MMA. Simply look at Ronda Rousey to truly understand this. By innovating trash talk for women’s MMA, she brought cadence to the division as well as entertainment. Because of her savvy, Rousey was able to negotiate UFC to absorb Strikeforce under conditions she desired. Finally, Rousey’s aggressive charisma has opened opportunities for cross promotion, especially in both acting and writing.
It should be known entertaining MMA fighters are few and far between. Most actually lack the knowledge or ability to entertain their fans. One such MMA fighter is UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, who most fans have called boring. For some time, “Mighty Mouse” would take the criticism but now he is retaliating, calling those who think he is boring “uneducated fools.”
Demetrious Johnson’s insult towards his criticizers happened during a media conference call setup by UFC on Thursday, August 27, 2015, as reported by MMA Mania. During the call, many of the UFC fighters who will be fighting at UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2 answered questions pertaining to the upcoming pay-per-view. Of course Johnson would be on too given the fact he is defending the UFC flyweight championship in the main event against John Dodson.
Just like in past interviews, Demetrious Johnson was asked about being entertaining and his marketability as one of ten UFC champions. Apparently, he had something quite interesting to say on the matter, as reported by MMA Junkie.
“It’s only the fans and uneducated fools out there that say, ‘Oh, you’re boring.’ 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.”
To be fair, Demetrious Johnson isn’t exactly lying when he says he puts out a good performance. Johnson has dominated the competition with early knockouts, late submissions, and unanimous decisions during his six-fight title reign. Unfortunately, it will be all for moot if nobody is willing to pay tickets or order pay-per-views to watch “Mighty Mouse” fight.
Nevertheless, Demetrious Johnson will get another chance to build hype and extend his championship streak to seven fights. He will take on John Dodson in a rematch at UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2. The premier UFC event will take place on Saturday, September 5, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
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