Demetrious Johnson, the reigning world champion of the flyweight division of ONE Championship, is hell-bent on demonstrating that size doesn’t matter when it comes to fighting sports.
Johnson appears to have found his next opponent in bodybuilder and prominent podcaster Bradley Martyn, only three months away from his stunning five-round performance against Adriano Moraes to retain the flyweight world championship at ONE Fight Night 10 in May. Martyn is a podcaster who focuses on fitness and bodybuilding.
Martyn, who is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs upwards of 250 pounds, has provoked the ire of the mixed martial arts world by repeatedly claiming that he would be able to handle himself in a street brawl against some of the greatest names in combat sports, like Demetrious Johnson. Martyn is at a height of 6 feet 3 inches and has a weight of over 250 pounds.
When news got back to “Mighty Mouse” via their common friend Brendan Schaub, Johnson was more than prepared to go on the mat with Bradley Martyn and show the world that size is not at anyway a determining factor in a battle. This is especially true when you are fighting with one of the best fighters of all time when ranked by pound-for-pound performance.
“Everything is up in the air. During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Johnson stated that his opponent had the ability to shatter his ribs by sitting on top of him. “What I mean is, the most important aspect of this entire logistical issue is demonstrating that just because you’re huge doesn’t imply you have an advantage over someone who is tiny. Particularly in the event that I am a trained athlete.”
Listen to Johnson’s thoughts beginning at 2 minutes and 7:30 seconds:
It is abundantly clear that Johnson’s drive to compete is as strong as ever, but it is not yet known if he will return to the Circle or bring an end to the nearly twenty-decade-long chapter that is his career. Following the completion of his highly praised trilogy with Adriano Moraes, “Mighty Mouse” left the door open for a possible comeback; nonetheless, the multiple-time world champion confessed that he had nothing more to show and that he is looking forward to the days when he can just enjoy at home with his family.
Do you want to see Johnson return to the Circle for one more bout, or do you think it’s time for ‘Mighty Mouse’ to go away while he’s still on top?