UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson almost left MMA for the Army

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

After winning the Flyweight title at UFC 152, Mighty Mouse talked about a time early in his career when he almost left MMA to join the military.

At UFC 152, the UFC held the final round Flyweight tournament to determine the first ever 125 lb. champion. Joseph Benavidez earned his spot quickly with a second round TKO over Yasuhiro Urushitani, while Demetrious Johnson struggled to get past Ian McCall before winning a decision after 6 rounds of action. It took Johnson 5 years to reach this goal, but it wasn't easy to get there.

"Mighty Mouse" Johnson spoke to MMA Diehards about the lowest point in his fighting career:

This is the first time I’ve ever said this to anybody and I don’t think anybody knows except for my wife because she was there when I went through this. I was contemplating going to the military. In the very beginning of my career I was working full-time and also training, but at the same time there was no assurance that you’ll be taking care of for the rest of your life. I was contemplating going to the army because I felt if you went to the army you would have full benefits and be taken care of. That’s what you could say that was the low point of my career, but one of my coaches was like, ‘You know, if you go to the army you won’t have the time to fight or train or do anything you want. Wherever they tell you to go, you’re going to go and you can’t say no other ifs, ands or buts.’ So, I would say that was the lowest point of my life, when I was contemplating giving up mixed martial arts. I was getting ready to say screw it, because I had to take care of my family.

this past Saturday, Johnson upset Benavidez in a 5 round decision to earn the Flyweight title. The new champion does not have his first defense scheduled yet but there are some fights and fighters to keep an eye on. Jussier da Silva faces John Dodson at UFC On FX 5 and Ian McCall is still looking for his next opponent. I wouldn't be surprised to see either da Silva earn a title shot with a win or face McCall later in a contendership fight.

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