UFC 216: Demetrious Johnson Discusses Timeline For Retirement, in Advance of Potentially Historic Bout
By FCF Staff
Demetrious Johnson has no plans to retire anytime soon, but the renowned fighter’s provided a timeline for when he thinks he’ll hang up the gloves.
The flyweight champion is preparing to fight Ray Borg this Saturday at UFC 216, and if Johnson wins, it will be the 11th time he’s defended the 125 title. Currently Johnson and former middleweight champ Anderson Silva are tied for the record, with 10 title defenses.
In advance of the bout, the 31 year-old Johnson had this to say about his longterm future in fighting (quotes via UFC.com):
“I don’t want to do this for another ten years,” Johnson said, while reportedly laughing. “I’ll continue to train, but the competing aspect of it, I’ll probably give myself another five or six years, maybe even seven. We’ll see what happens. But am I in my tip-top physical peak as a man? I’m probably getting there.”
Even right now, I’m working on building another house and gathering all this information and getting all this going, and I enjoy it because life doesn’t stop,” he said. “Life has to continue and I’m going to keep building my brand and continue to invest in my career so when I’m done fighting I’m not like other fighters who didn’t invest their money correctly.”
Johnson (26-2-1) is coming off a third round, submission win over Wilson Reis in April. Borg (11-2) earned a decision win over Jussier “Formiga” in his last bout, which took place in March.