Demetrious Johnson Questions Paddy Pimblett’s Mindset When It Comes To Fighting Top Competition

    ByRoss Markey

    Apr 6, 2022
    Demetrious Johnson

    Former UFC flyweight champion, Demetrious Johnson has questioned the mindset of recent lightweight newcomer, Paddy Pimblett – urging him to just continue fighting and stop worrying about which opponent is next or what calibre of opponent he is competing against.

    Demetrious Johnson, who holds the record for the most consecutive successful title defenses in UFC history with a whopping 11 straight successful championship knockbacks, most recently competed at the monumental ONE X event – hosted by Singapore-based organization, ONE Championship.

    The Kentucky native featured against Muay Thai expert and icon, Rodtang Jitmuangnon in a four round, special rules pairing where he managed to lock up a second round rear-naked choke victory over the Thailand-born striker sensation.

    Ending his hugely successful tenure in the UFC off the back of an August 2018 decision rematch loss to former two-weight champion, Henry Cejudo – Johnson was infamously involved in a high-profile trade between the UFC and ONE Championship – with former welterweight champion, Ben Askren moving the other way. 

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    Demetrious Johnson is regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time to the consensus

    In the time since with the Chatri Sityodtong-led promotion, Johnson has amassed a 3-1 promotional record, landing the Grand Prix tournament victory back in December 2019 with a finale win over Danny Kingad following victories against Tatsumitsu Wada, and Wuya Wakamatsu. In his sole promotional loss, Johnson dropped a flyweight title challenge loss to Adriano Moraes with a stunning second round knee knockout in April of last year. 

    For Pimblett, the 18-3 Liverpool native recently improved to 2-0 under the UFC’s banner following a March submission win over Kazula Vargas on the main card of UFC London, however noted he only received $12,000 to show and a further $12,000 to win at the event as part of his current contract.

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    The subject of numerous callouts from high-profile lightweight contenders given his profile in the UK and ever expanding fanbase in the United States, Pimblett has maintained that he would not accept fights with ranked contenders on his current deal. 

    Sharing his thoughts on Pimblett’s comments, the aforenoted, Johnson urged him to just keep accepting fights that are offered rather than putting too much thought into how much they will benefit him financially.

    “Paddy Pimblett said, ‘Nah, I’m not going to fight anybody in the top 10, top 15,” Demetrious Johnson said during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “I’m like, what? My mind back in the day when I fought – Matt Hume (Johnson’s head coach) said, ‘We just f*cking fight.’ That’s what we do.”

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    “Don’t worry about the money,” Demetrious Johnson said. “The money’s gonna come. Keep on fighting, keep on fighting.” 

    Pimblett recently expressed his willingness to accept a fight against rival, Ilia Topuria — however, many have suggested the promotion would elect against booking the two highly-touted contenders against each other so soon into their respective UFC tenures.