If you are the type that has an interest in wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts games, the chances are that you have heard about Demetrious Johnson, An American who was formerly a freestyle wrestler but currently making waves in Mixed Martial Arts. Johnson is known as the initial and present Flyweight Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) who holds an enviable record for the lengthiest Championship reign with 11 titles defenses.
Demetrious Johnson Biography
Demetrious Khrisna Johnson popularly known by his fans as Demetrious Johnson was born on the 13th day of August 1986 in Madisonville, Kentucky, US. The Flyweight Champion who currently holds the pride of place as the longest championship reign at 11 titles was actually born premature, he came two
months before his time and he is a native of America. The renowned wrestler’s childhood was not a happy one, rather he remembers it as the worst time of his life because he was raised by a stepfather who can only be described as abusive alongside a mother who was described as deaf and the worst part of it all was that he never met his real father not even for one day, not a picture or even a glimpse.
Johnson’s high school education was accomplished at Washington High School in Parkland he stood out as an athlete in wrestling, track and cross country. He took part in wrestling competitions, both in junior and senior classes for which the state awarded him with the 3rd and 2nd positions respectively. Even though his interest in the cross country and track event were a form of exercise to improve his cardio for wrestling, he took part in the
state championship for the two sports.
In 2007, Johnson started his career in mixed martial (MMA) where he won his first professional through his first-round knockout. After his debut victory, he went on to win eight fights in a row, he also fought at the fighting championship in Alaska through which he earned a place at the World Extreme Cage fighting scheduled for 2010 which was his debut in the event. Johnson encountered many losses in the course of his career, losing his first game was a big setback but he persevered and continued to train hard. He eventually won the title of UFC Flyweight Champion in 2012 after he fought many fights, where he won some and lost some. He has stayed an unbeatable Champion to date after his 2012 title of UFC Flyweight Champion.
Demetrious Johnson has managed to beat the past UFC records of Anderson Silva in the past ten years of his wrestling career by defending his 11th title in a row. The Flyweight Champion is known as one of the fastest fighters in NMA. His instant striking and elusive movement have earned him a lot of recognition from fans and his freestyle wrestling base is enviable. He has the phenomenal ability to counterstrike while standing within the pocket, he makes use of the Muay Thai Plumas as he blends a number of elbows side by side with upper body clinches. He has many titles and awards to his credit in both mixed martial arts and wrestling competitions. In 2012, the renowned wrestler bagged no 1 in the worldwide ranking.
Who is his Wife?
Demetrious Johnson and Destiny Bartles tied the nuptials on the 11th day of May 2012 in Hawaii. The professional wrestler seems to be living in marital bliss with his wife because according to him, his wife gave him a new lease of life, she was able to pull him out of his horrible past and disturbing childhood, and with her help, he started his journey towards fame in Martial Arts. He always says that his wife was the best thing that has happened to him and that his life today will be incomplete without her. Their union is blessed with two boys – Tyren Johnson born in 2013 and Maverick born two years later.
There is a saying that it is not the size of the man in the fight but the size of the fight in the man. The martial arts expert is not so tall, he stands at a height of 5 feet 3 inches or 1.60 meters but What he lacks in height, he has made up in skills and prowess which are said to be phenomenal and unrivaled.
Salary, Net Worth
The Flyweight Champion may have been born poor but today, he is considered as one of the top earners in the wrestling world. His popularity which has been growing since his debut fight has reached its peak and according to a reliable source, his pay per UFC tournament is currently between $150,000 to $250,000. Demetrious Johnson is presently bargaining with UFC to increase his pay per fight because he believes that he is worth much more than what he is receiving currently. His present net worth is pegged at $6 million which came mostly from his fighting. We expect to hear more on Johnson’s net worth because the renowned wrestler is determined to earn more in other to be able to take care of his family in a lavish manner and to be able to save up a tidy sum for his retirement.
Quick Facts About Demetrious Johnson
Name: Demetrious- Khrisna Johnson
Date of Birth: 13th day of August 1986
Place of Birth: Madisonville, Kentucky, US
Education: Washington High School
Profession: Wrestling and mixed martial (MMA)
Wife: Destiny Johnson (nee Bartles)
Kids: Tyren Johnson and Maverick
Net Worth: $6 million