Demetrious Johnson shares his biggest coaching lesson with Henry Cejudo

Demetrious Johnson scored perhaps the biggest victory of his mixed martial arts career in the ONE Main Event on Prime Video 1.

With 200 million potential viewers tuning in as the promotion made its highly anticipated debut on Amazon Prime Video. “Mighty Mouse” delivered a momentous moment by knocking out then world flyweight champion Adriano Moraes with a beautifully timed and brutally delivered knee in the fourth round of their world title clash.

Following his ONE World Championship victory, Demetrious Johnson spoke with the promotion at the ONE on Prime Video 1 post-fight press conference. There he discussed his training leading up to the main event of the evening.

Speaking specifically about his work with former two-time opponent Henry Cejudo, Johnson said:

“It just helped me understand where my strength lies, didn’t it? Because, you know, when you’re in a room with a team all the time, we all have the same strengths. Then when I went to Arizona I trained with Henry and the whole team there, you know, I can sneak in and see, okay, that’s where you’re really strong, we can say it because you react.

Demetrious Johnson continued to discuss his training with Cejudo, saying:

“And when it’s like, okay, I’m so strong here, and some of you can even deal with it. I’m going to build on it. So it’s just an eye opener. It’s the most important.

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Demetrious Johnson loves and hates the pressure that comes with high-level competition

As one of the most decorated mixed martial artists in the history of the sport, Demetrious Johnson has found himself in many high pressure situations.

Whether winning a world title, defending one or avenging a defeat, “Mighty Mouse” knows this feeling well and admits to “hating” this feeling, while finding himself motivated by it.

“I’m just happy to be grateful that I’m healthy enough to go out there and put it out there,” Johnson said. “It was a great fight. He hit me with good punches. He was trying to go get a D’Arce, he landed me on the floor with good knees to my head. But you know, I knew it was going to be a tough fight. That’s one of the things I love about competing, you know?”

Johnson continued:

“There’s a part of me where I hate pressure, I hate all the eyeballs on me, but there’s a part of me that’s like, ‘Yeah. Fuck yeah, let’s go. Let’s see how hard we Let’s see if we can push ourselves to that breaking point.


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