Earlier this year, the American embarked on a sterling 3-0 run against top-shelf opposition in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix and emerged triumphant with another World Title belt to add to his collection.
Despite having earned his shot against the division’s reigning king Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, Johnson is also focused on other goals in 2020.
“Looking to 2020, I just want to be successful – whether that’s winning the flyweight belt against Adriano Moraes or anything else,” he said.
“I just like to be successful, and for me, that’s always been the biggest thing as an athlete, a businessman, or however people like to look at me.”
Be it in his gaming ventures as an ambassador for ONE Esports or his conquests in the Circle as a flyweight legend, “Mighty Mouse” is always looking to make an impact.
“Whether it’s in 2021, 2022, or 2023, I’m still being successful, creating buzz, and watching my brand get bigger. That’s my biggest goal in 2020,” he said.
“Mighty Mouse” might have blazed his path through the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix, but the American admits the fast-paced nature of the tournament – three matches in seven months – surprised him.
“For me, if I wanted to top 2019, it would just be having success and no injuries. As much as I wanted to fight, three fights were a bit too much – but I was able to pull it off,” he said.
Now that he has captured the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship belt, the Washington native has turned his attention toward keeping himself in the best condition possible to compete at the highest level.
“I’m not in the business of rushing fights and trying to get as many as possible. Last year, it was because it was a tournament and we needed to bang them out. But this year, it’s a totally different ball game,” he said.
Unlike many of his peers, Johnson’s longevity is unparalleled and each impressive performance only serves to reinforce his greatness.
The American’s experiences in topflight mixed martial arts competitions have taught him valuable lessons and helped shaped his mental approach to the game.
“When you’re doing this for so long, you see a lot of athletes come through and say, ‘I want to be a champion.’ I just want to be successful,” he said.
“I’ve been a champion for a very long time. I just won the World Grand Prix. I have not captured the ONE flyweight belt yet, but that’s not the end goal. The end goal is success year after year after year. That’s my focus.”
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