Johnson: After UFC, I never want to work again


A professional athletes time to make money is often short-lived. Some may compete for years, and some only have a short-window to compete at the highest level.

Demetroius Johnson is the current UFC flyweight champion and the reason he fights is clear, to secure the future for himself and family financially:

“I want my son and my wife to have a good life and never have to worry about anything,” Johnson says. “I wasn’t handed anything in this sport, I’ve never had any easy fights and I’ve just been working hard to get where I am.”

Johnson, 27, has many miles remaining in his MMA career. But with the responsibility of a child, long- term planning is a reality. That’s why the 125-pound title, which he has defended twice, isn’t his top priority.

“I’m not going to set my goal to beat Anderson Silva’s title defense record,” Johnson says of the former middleweight champ, who defended his title 10 times. “My bigger end-game goal is when I’m done fighting, I never have to work again.”

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KZTT_FawkingxD site profile image  

12/12/13 6:56 PM by KZTT_FawkingxD

Vtfu for Rick Ross name drop!!!!

luctaro site profile image  

12/12/13 2:52 PM by luctaro

this thread has hilariously bad math in it.Is it math? Is it meth?

dubate site profile image  

12/12/13 2:33 PM by dubate

Not hung up on 3 times a year. You came up with that scenario, I just commented on it.

RampageFitsLikeAGlove site profile image  

12/12/13 2:23 PM by RampageFitsLikeAGlove

This....anyone should be able to retire with $1M if they wanted.

Stea1th site profile image  

12/12/13 2:00 PM by Stea1th

If you can't survive after making a million and having that in your account then you deserve to lose it. Money on interest alone would be enough to survive. This is assuming you don't touch it and do it on extremely low risk stuff. Even if you took a quarter and threw it on some low risk stocks you would be fine.

RampageFitsLikeAGlove site profile image  

12/12/13 1:59 PM by RampageFitsLikeAGlove

Yes I'm aware of the independent/stable adjective that was used.  I addressed it roughly 30 minutes prior to your post.  My point is Forrest made a silly statement that anyone who wins 3 times in the UFC will be financially stable.  He didn't even say 3 times per year, like Dubate seems to be hung up on.  For instance, by Forrest's blanket statement, if a guy goes 2-1 in his first year, 1-1 the following year, and 0-2 the next year before he's cut he should be financially STABLE after those 3 years because he has 3 wins.  That guy woud prob net around $20K/ year and of course Forrest didn't factor in if this fighter lives in New York, California, Montana, or Brazil. Also, Forrest Griffin got paid $275K for his last Tito fight, $275K for the Franklin, $310K for the Rampage fight, and $160K plus PPV percentage for the Evans fight.  Prob a bit easier for him to say a figher should be financially STABLE versus a guy making $6K to show, right?

RockyBullwinkle site profile image  

12/12/13 1:56 PM by RockyBullwinkle

This is the part everyone is missing with Forrest's statement, he isn't saying a fighter should be set for life or rich, but that at 3 fights he should have finances in order and shouldn't be losing money anymore when he fights. The guys first coming in are being spotted by their gym and managers and end up losing money for those fights.

VitorpeepeetasteStrongTRT site profile image  

12/12/13 1:56 PM by VitorpeepeetasteStrongTRT

I thought this was about DJ..ugh. {sidesteps thread}

RockyBullwinkle site profile image  

12/12/13 1:51 PM by RockyBullwinkle

Jacob Volkman fought 10 times in the UFC and made around $200k in disclosed pay. Even if sponsors and discretionary bonuses doubled that it means he made $400k over 4 years and 10 fights. Minus his corner fees and he averaged about $70k before taxes each year he was in the UFC. Good money for most people, but not enough so you're set for life, or even set for a few years with a family, kids, and potential future medical problems that a job were you get hit in the head repeatedly can cause.As for Koscheck I've read that the house and plane used didn't belong to him and were borrowed to spice up the show. Hopefully he's smarter with his money than his reality show presented him.

dubate site profile image  

12/12/13 1:30 PM by dubate

But how will people know that I'm making over a $150,000 year if I don't spend money like someone who has 30 million dollars in the bank?