Demetrious Johnson, the reigning ONE flyweight world champion, is set to compete in the 2023 IBJJF Masters World Championships, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament in Las Vegas. Read more about his transition and his excitement for the challenge.
Demetrious Johnson, the reigning ONE flyweight world champion, is set to test his skills in a new arena. Johnson will be participating in the 2023 IBJJF Masters World Championships , a Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament taking place in Las Vegas next week.
Unlike his illustrious career in mixed martial arts, Johnson will be stepping into the unknown as he faces opponents in the tournament. While this may be a challenge for most, the MMA legend embraces the opportunity.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Johnson expressed his excitement about not knowing who he will face in the tournament. He sees it as a true test of a martial artist, as it eliminates the need for game study and homework.
"I don’t know who I’m facing and I love it. No game study. No homework. The reason why I love that is because it tests the true martial artist," Johnson said.
Johnson, a former UFC flyweight world champion, is widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all time. His grappling-heavy offensive style has earned him numerous victories throughout his career, with eight wins coming by way of submission.
One of Johnson’s notable submission wins was against Yuya Wakamatsu in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Quarterfinals in March 2019. Johnson secured a second-round guillotine choke finish, showcasing his expertise on the ground.
In addition to his success in MMA, Johnson also holds a victory in a mixed-rules bout against ONE flyweight Muay Thai world champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon. Johnson utilized a textbook rear-naked choke to secure the win.
Johnson’s decision to compete in the IBJJF Masters World Championships highlights his dedication to expanding his skill set and challenging himself in new ways. As he steps into the world of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, fans and fellow competitors eagerly await his performance.
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Watch Demetrious Johnson’s interview here.