Demetrious Johnson not worried about ONE title fight possibly being in empty arena


Demetrious Johnson has known since this past October that his next fight is Adriano Moraes. Now that their bout has been pushed further back due to the coronavirus pandemic, he’s had even more time to think about it.

The former UFC flyweight king is set to fight Moraes next for the ONE flyweight (135-pound) title, though the date and location of their meeting has now been changed three times due to COVID-19 precautions. As of now, the bout has been postponed indefinitely.

Johnson (30-3-1) is 3-0 with the Singapore-based promotion so far, with all of his wins coming in a flyweight tournament that determined the No. 1 contender for Moraes. Since winning a unanimous decision over Danny Kingad last August to earn his shot, “Mighty Mouse” has had to play the waiting game.

How has all this time affected Johnson’s preparation?

“It doesn’t at all, because I’m not always thinking about fighting,” Johnson recently told MMA Fighting. “I have so much s*it going on in my life that I’m not even going to worry about training or fighting with everything that’s going on. Mentally, it’s not hard whatsoever. I’ve got a lot of stuff on my plate, a lot of things I’ve been working on and a lot of things I can’t wait to launch, I guess you can say.”

In more ways than one, Johnson has been on top of the COVID-19 situation. Washington, where Johnson and his family reside, was one of the first states hit hard by the virus, and his gym was shut down two weeks before similar action was taken statewide. He’s had plenty of time to figure out how best to deal with isolation and the changes to his routine, which includes looking after his three children, staying in shape, and plenty of gaming (at the moment, Johnson is particularly infatuated with the hardcore shooter Escape from Tarkov).

If anything, it sounds like the new normal is suiting Johnson just fine.

“Structure is key and balance is key,” Johnson said. “We wake up in the morning and after we eat breakfast, schooling starts at 9:00. We have one kid in a school room, the other kid in the living room with our daughter. We put their faces down in some books and after a while when we see they’re both passed out, we’re like, ‘Okay, go do whatever you want. Jump on your iPad, go play some video games, do whatever you want.’