Demetrious Johnson spent time working out at the famed Xtreme Couture Gym in Las Vegas ahead of his historic clash with Rodtang Jitmuangnon at ONE:X.
The former UFC flyweight champion relished the change of scenery as he prepared for his one-off bout with Rodtang. The mixed rules match will include four alternating rounds of Muay Thai and MMA.
Addressed exclusively to sportskeedaJohnson said:
“I loved it man. I was on vacation because my dad was in Vegas and I wanted to go work out at another gym with different bodies. And that’s the only thing I’ll say about AMC right now. moment – there are not many bodies that want to fight. [But] are you going [Xtreme Couture] and you have bodies from every different organization. You have Jake Shields and Miesha Tate and Francis Ngannou there.”
“Everybody’s there for one purpose. To fight and help everybody get better. There’s a different level of coaching there. ‘This guy’ could be an NCAA champion. ‘This guy’ maybe just made his pro debut and he got a knockout. ‘This guy’s in the UFC…’ So the guys you go with, they’re all good!”
Watch our exclusive interview with Demetrious Johnson below:
Demetrious Johnson wants to race dirt bikes after retiring from MMA
After signing with ONE Championship, Demetrious Johnson fought three fights before winning the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix. The former UFC champion may have lost to ONE flyweight titleholder Adriano Moraes soon after, but he made it clear he wanted another title run after facing Rodtang at ONE X.
Once he finally hangs up the gloves, the 35-year-old says he wants to embrace life on two wheels. He said:
“My goal is to race after I finish fighting. I’m going there for sure. I don’t care if I come first or last. I prepared my dirt bike for this fight but it I miss it already.”
“I’m going to train three years on my dirt bike taking lessons, learning how to jump, learning how to be safe, then once I’m done with my contract and I’m officially done with fights – I’m going to go racing.”
“Mighty Mouse” certainly has the competitive spirit to thrive in any sport he is into. Next weekend he will have the chance to remind everyone that he is still one of the best in the martial arts.