Demetrious Johnson Says ONE Championship is “my Last Organization”
By FCF Staff
After competing for ONE Championship three times, Demetrious Johnson has evidently closed the book on the possibility of a UFC return.
The former UFC flyweight champ moved to ONE last year, and since then, Johnson has gone 3-o and won the promotion’s flyweight grand-prix. Up next, Johnson is booked to fight ONE’s current flyweight champ Adriano Moraes on April 11th.
Recently Johnson spoke with MMA Junkie, and while discussing his future, the renowned fighter said this:
“I will retire at ONE Championship. This is my last organization,” Johnson said. “I love this organization. I love everything they stand for, I love how they take care of the athletes, so this is my last (organization). This is it. Once I’m done, I’m retired. I’m like, ‘I’m done, peace,’ because there’s nothing else for me to prove for North America. There truly isn’t. …
“I’m trying to make something of myself over here in Asia. And if I’m able to get another piece of gold, fantastic. If not, I look to put on some great spectacular performances. Fighting in North America for pretty much the majority of my career and each time I traveled to Asia, they’re like, ‘Can you please come over here and fight for us?’ We want to see you fight live, we want to see you fight live.’ I’m like, ‘OK, maybe one day I will.’ Now I’m over here fighting live for them. So I’m giving them what they wanted.”
The 33-year-old Johnson currently carries a record of 30-3-1.