Mighty Mouse: My mind is my biggest weakness

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Stephie Daniels: Where do you feel his advantage might be in this fight, and conversely, where do you feel you will have the advantage

Demetrious Johnson: Well, I feel the advantage that he probably has is that we fought once before, so he knows how I fight and how my speed works. I have to be aware that he’s dealt with me before, so I’ve got to go out there and show new stuff, show areas that he hasn’t been before. I’ve got to be on top against him, so I can see how good his grappling is.

My mind is like my biggest weakness. My coach always tells me that I can beat anybody in the world, and that the only thing that stops me is my mind. It’s like my biggest enemy. This time, I think I’ve got my mind in check. I always try to go out there and fight the perfect fight, and I forget that it’s an actual fight.

If you’re in the bar and about to fight someone, you can’t be like, ‘Hold up. Let me get my footwork together. Let me get my hand wraps on.’ This time I’ll use my athletic ability, my reactions and my eight weeks of training camp.

I was trying to fight without making mistakes. I wasn’t really going for the kill. In MMA, if you make a mistake, you’re going to be done for. This is a winner’s sport. If you make a huge mistake, you’re going to pay a price for it. Sometimes I will let myself go in the last round, but this time I’m ready to go out there and leave it all in the octagon.

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