UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is widely believed to be one of the top pound for pound fighters in the world.
With 26 professional fights and 24 wins under his belt, Johnson has amassed quite a bit of time in the cage over the course of his 8 year professional MMA career.
Given that, Johnson has realized that he isn’t the type of fighter to stand in the pocket and trade strikes.
He spoke on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast to discuss his fighting strategy, and the time his coach told him that he doesn’t need to stand and bang.
“One time I just brawled it out and said, ‘I’m going to just f-cking go, let my hands go and take shots and give shots.’ I had f-cking vertigo (after) and was like, ‘What the f-ck were you doing? Matt goes, ‘You’re gifted; you can switch from aspects of martial arts without missing a beat. That is your gift. Your gift is that you’re fast and not many people hit you. That’s what you have.’
“I was like, ‘F-ck, you’re right.’ And that’s what I’ve been doing ever since. That’s why you have not seen me do that yet.”