If you are the type of person who is interested in wrestling and mixed martial arts games, you have probably heard of Demetrious Johnson, an American who used to be a freestyle wrestler but is currently making waves in the mixed martial arts. Johnson is known as the original and current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight champion, holding an enviable record for the longest duration of the championship with 11 defending titles.
Demetrious Khrisna Johnson, popularly called Demetrious Johnson by his fans, was born on August 13, 1986, in Madisonville, Kentucky, USA. The flyweight champion, who currently holds the longest championship reign with 11 titles, was indeed born prematurely, he came two months ahead of his time and he’s a native American. The famous wrestler’s childhood was not a happy one, in fact, he remembers the worst time of his life because he was raised by a stepfather who can only be described as abusive, along with a mother who was described as deaf, and the worst part of it was that he never met his real father, not even for a day, not a picture or even a glimpse.
Johnson’s high school education was completed at Washington High School in Parkland, and he stood out as an athlete in wrestling, track and field, and cross country. He participated in wrestling competitions, both junior and senior, for which the state awarded him 3rd and 2nd place respectively. Although his interest in cross-country and athletics was a form of exercise to improve his cardiovascular system in wrestling, he participated in the
National championships for the two sports.
In 2007 Johnson started his career in mixed martial (MMA), where he won his first professional by knocking out in the first round. After his debut victory, he won eight consecutive fights, and also fought in the Alaskan Fighting Championship, which earned him a place in the World Extreme Cage Fights scheduled for 2010, his debut in the event. Johnson suffered many defeats throughout his career, losing his first match was a major setback, but he held up and continued to train hard. Finally, he won the 2012 UFC flyweight champion title after having fought many fights in which he won some and lost some. After winning the 2012 UFC Flyweight Champion title, he has remained an unbeatable champion to this day.
Demetrious Johnson has managed to surpass Anderson Silva’s previous UFC records in the last ten years of his wrestling career by defending his eleventh consecutive title. The flyweight champion is considered one of the fastest fighters in the NMA. His instantly striking and elusive moves have earned him much recognition from fans, and his freestyle wrestling base is enviable. He has the phenomenal ability to counterattack while standing in the bag. He uses the Muay Thai Plumas by connecting a series of elbows side by side with upper body locks. He has many titles and awards in both mixed martial arts and wrestling competitions. In 2012 the renowned wrestler became number 1 in the world ranking.
Who is his Wife?
Demetrious Johnson and Destiny Bartles tied the wedding on May 11, 2012, in Hawaii. The professional wrestler seems to live in marital bliss with his wife because according to him, his wife gave him a new life, she was able to get him out of his terrible past and his troubled childhood, and with her help, he began his journey to martial arts fame. He always says that his wife was the best thing that 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 proverb that says that it is not the size of the man in the fight that matters, but the size of the fight in the man. The martial arts expert is not so tall, he stands at a height of 1.60 m or 1.60 m, but what he lacks in height, he has made up for in skills and abilities that are supposedly phenomenal and unrivaled.
Salary, Net Worth
The flyweight champion may have been born poor, but today he is considered one of the top earners in the wrestling world. His popularity, which has been growing since his debut match, has reached its peak and according to a reliable source, his salary per UFC tournament is currently between $150,000 and $250,000. Demetrious Johnson is currently negotiating with the UFC to increase his salary per fight, believing it to be worth much more than what he is currently receiving. His current net worth is set at $6 million, most of which comes from his fights. We expect to learn more about Johnson’s net worth as the renowned wrestler is determined to earn more in other areas so that he can spend time caring for his family and save a decent amount 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