In just a few hours, we'll get to see another great line up of talented fighters via the UFC On Fox 6 card.The 'fastest growing sport in the world' seems to be off to a great start this year, rating-wise. When you have that many personalities under one promotion, where media coverage is at an all time high, the characters start to emerge, and we get the opportunity to watch athletes go from relative obscurity into full-blown superstars. Chael Sonnen and Ronda Rousey are perfect examples of the sensation that results from really good trash talking and larger than life personas.
Not everyone has to be a talker, though. Guys like GSP and Anderson Silva have cut a clear path of destruction and left plenty of bodies in their wake, without missing a beat and without having to fling the proverbial pooh. There is a growing contingency of fighters that are willing to let their athletic ability speak for itself, and refuse to let respect and humility be replaced by a big mouth and big talk. Demetrious Johnson is in that contingency. Despite a less than flattering breakdown of his style from rival flyweight, Ian McCall, Mighty Mouse takes the 'boring' comments in stride and feels that his title does his talking for him.
I don't feel any bitterness at all. I think in the first fight, he was probably a little upset about that, but mistakes happen, and he had a chance to make it right in June. I think that right now, his mind should be focused on Joseph Benavides, because they're going to be fighting on February 2nd. The division is very small right now, and if he wins, he'll get another chance to fight me again.
His thoughts on how my upcoming fight is going to go doesn't bother me at all. At this level, you're fighting top level guys that don't make many mistakes, and it is what it is. It's just words. He still has to get through Joe B before he can think about anyone else.
Since Ian was willing to weigh in on how he thought Johnson's fight was going to go, I wanted to extend the same courtesy to Demetrious. Here's what he had to say:
The both have a lot of talent and bring a lot of interesting things to the table. I would say Ian is a little more traditional, but the thing that might get him in trouble with Joseph, is that he's not very elusive. He's likely to get in there and try and be exciting and want to bang it out, or whatever. If he does that, he could catch one of Joseph's bombs or get dropped into a guillotine. By that same token, he could go in there and display his great Muay Thai and beat Joseph up.
I think it's going to be a great fight. It's a hard fight to pick a winner on, but I'm a little more inclined in Joseph's direction, just because I like him. Joseph is a hard worker. He doesn't talk about, 'Oh this guy or that guy is boring.' He actually understands the sport. I'm gonna go with Joseph just because he's more respectful, and because I respect him. It's not that I don't like Ian, because I do. I just don't care for people that have time to talk, when they're not going to be fighting that particular guy anytime soon. You'll never hear me talk bad about any other fighter like that, calling them boring. For me, I want to know what they're doing, and why they're successful. That's just me.
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