Demetrious Johnson on the importance of coaches being former fighters

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

UFC flyweight champion, Demetrious Johnson, feels that it's absolutely important that coaches bring a pro fighter resume to the table.

This past Saturday night, Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson proved once again why he has the flyweight strap. In a hard fought battle with the impressive John Dodson, endurance and experience were the key factors in his victory. It is a well known fact that under Matt Hume's tutelage, Johnson has blossomed into one of the most well rounded fighters on the UFC roster. In a climate where fighters are changing camps as frequently as they change their socks, the Mouse feels two things are of the utmost importance:

1. Establish your roots firmly in one camp

I never bring in somebody new to my camp to help me prepare for a fighter. Matt Hume and all the guys at AMC do a fantastic job emulating virtually any fighter. I've never had to go to different places to work certain elements of my skillset. I've never gone somewhere to just work on my boxing or a Muay Thai gym to work on that. I've been blessed with Matt Hume, because he mixes everything up and you get the complete experience. He's actually fought back in the day and experienced mixed martial arts through it's growing pains. He still trains, rolls with us and is still teaching me new stuff.

2. A good coach should come with a professional fighter's resume

I think it's huge, personally, because I always told myself that if you want to learn from the best, it needs to be from someone who can beat you up, and Matt can beat me up. He can tell me what I do wrong when we spar, and things like that. When I go into the octagon, nobody I face is going to be as good as Matt Hume. I'll put my whole life savings on that. When I'm in there, and I do the stuff that he taught me correctly, I feel confident that what he teaches me is going to work.

You can follow Demetrious via his Twitter account, @MightyMouseUFC

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