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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