Demetrious Johnson Talks About Life After Fighting
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.13.2014
He has goals for when he retires...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Demetrious Johnson (19-2-1 MMA, 7-1-1 UFC) spoke about his goals for after he retires from MMA. He will defend his flyweight title against Ali Bagautinov (13-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in the main event of UFC 174 on PPV at 10 PM ET from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Here are the highlights...
On if being champion has changed his motivation: "I'm just doing my thing and trying to pay my bills and take care of my family. Just because I've been the champion for almost two years so far doesn't make me a different person. It's the same focus. My goal is that after I get done fighting, I never have to go back to a 9-to-5 job. Granted, if I retire when I'm 40, I need to live for 50 years and help this money stretch. So I'm just enjoying the ride – just keep on training and keep fighting."
On being a father: "Life as a father is awesome. My schedule hasn't changed too much. Obviously, I wake up a lot earlier than I would like to, but that's part of life. My wife does a fantastic job of being a stay-at-home mom and making sure everything is taken care of while I'm away for my fights. It's awesome. I wouldn't trade it for anything. My wife and my family are a priority. A lot of fighters, they like to look at things different, but for me, I always told my wife that I would never put our lives on hold for fighting."
On possibly commentating: "I would love to do movies at some point. I would love to do sports commentating. There are 1,000 things that I would love to do, but the end-game goal is I don't want to be one of those fighters that when I walk away I say, ‘I wish I would have been a truck driver.' I want to be the type of fighter that when I'm done fighting, it's like: My house is paid off. My cars are paid off. I can have enough free time to make it to all my son's baseball games or whatever he decides to do. When I go out there and fight, that is my sales pitch. I'm just going to go out there and display my skill set, and you're either going to love it or you're going to hate it."