Johnson to Rousey: Everyone loses, grow the F@$% up
Demetrious Johnson, the best fighter in the UFC, recently did an extended interview with SI’s Jon Wertheim, who is arguably the best writer in MMA today.
“I talk trash on video games. I’m going to beat you at this game. That’s it,” said Johnson. “I don’t like to disrespect people or my opponents. Anything can happen.”
However, the fighter will still speak frankly.
“I visualize myself losing most of the time just because I’ve seen so many champions lose, and they don’t know how to take it,” said Johnson. “Their whole world is upside down Oh, my God, what am I going to do?
“You look at Ronda Rousey. You got your ass beat, grow the f*** up. It happens. It’s mixed martial arts. I don’t want to be like that. If I lose, I’ll be like, I lost.”
“Everybody f***ing loses. It’s part of the sport. Grow up. Look, Ronda, you lost two f***ing fights in a row, and you made more f***ing money than the women’s roster. You’ll be fine, don’t worry about it.”
“I know what I want. I want money. How I’m going to get the money is by my athletic ability. How do I keep my athletic ability good? Keep on training, stay smart, learn all that stuff. … My coach says the best thing about me is I see this sport as my job, not as a dream.”
“I like watches. I like expensive watches. I like expensive clothes. These are Hudson jeans. They’re like $200, but I wait for them to go on sale for $90 bucks. I drive a BMW. Got it used, preowned. There are guys who I beat up in my division, he had Gucci f***ing sneakers.”
“This is a $36,000 watch. Do you know how I got this watch? I saved all my per diems for three years from the UFC.”
“One of my financial goals is I want to have $1 million in the bank, 1,000,000. Another one of my goals is to get a $1 million paycheck, where I get a check from Zuffa LLC that says 1 and six zeroes.”
“People might not like this – ‘You’re money hungry.’ You’re goddamn right I’m money hungry. … I want a $1 million paycheck.”
“One of the people who worked for the UFC, they said, ‘They just want to see bigger men fight.’ My heart beats just as much as his does, @$$hole, so kiss my @$$.”
“Right now I’m the greatest fighter in the f***ing UFC roster. I have never missed weight. I’ve never bashed my company, and said, ‘Hey, f*** you UFC, f*** you, f*** you.’ Never said it to the media, IMG. I’m always on time. Never missed a fight. I’m the same person when I’m up here as I was when I was down here. That should not change.”