UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson remains highly motivated as he prepares for his fifth title defense Saturday night against Chris Cariaso at UFC 178.
“Mighty Mouse” hasn’t lost since a 2011 decision to then-UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, entering into the 125-pound world and becoming king.
Despite convincing wins over highly-ranked foes Ali Bagautinov, Joseph Benavidez (twice), John Moraga and John Dodson, Johnson remains stead-fast to prove his worth for a simple reason.
“This is what I do to provide for my family,” said Johnson, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “I get my paycheck and pay my bills and take care of my family.”
Johnson (20-2-1) isn’t taking Cariaso lightly, either, despite the challenger being ranked just eighth in the latest standings.
“His record is 7-3, he’ll be well prepared and on Saturday night, we’ll see who wins,” he said. “I’ve really seen an improvement in his volume, the way that he’s striking. He’s not just throwing that left high kick that he used to throw. He’s mixing things up. He has confidence and he’s looked great in his last few fights and I feel like he really has some momentum here.”
While some have questioned Johnson’s selling power, he has been tabbed for main event roles in each of his last four fights, including one pay-per-view and three on FOX.