UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson got to experience a summer vacation after suffering a knee injury in training.
That injury, though, sidelined “Mighty Mouse” and kept him out of a scheduled bout with Wilson Reis.
“The knee is one of those things, you’ve got to let it heal,” he said during an interview on UFC Tonight. “I’ll be back training on Sept. 13 and ready to fight in December. This is the first time I got to enjoy summer vacation in four years.”
Johnson has dominated the 125-pound division since winning the inaugural title, fending back the challenges of Joseph Benavidez, Henry Cejudo, Ali Bagautinov and others. There is one important thing, though, that continues to motivate him.
“For the paycheck,” he said. “If you don’t take the fighter seriously, you didn’t take the paycheck seriously. You lose someone and then the zeros on the back of the paycheck go down.”