“I’m thirsty for world title”: Michael Johnson claims to fight till he wins lightweight gold ahead of bout vs Diego Ferreira at UFC Vegas 73

Michael Johnson asserts that his motivation has reached new heights as he readies himself for his 28th octagon appearance at UFC Fight Night 224. With a career spanning since December 2010, Johnson (21-18 MMA, 13-14 UFC) has etched his name in the UFC roster.

Over the years, he has triumphed over prominent figures in the sport, including Dustin Poirier, Edson Barboza, and Tony Ferguson. However, he has also faced defeats at the hands of opponents who, on paper, may be considered less formidable.

In anticipation of his lightweight showdown against Diego Ferreira (17-5 MMA, 8-5 UFC), scheduled for Saturday at the UFC Apex and set to be streamed on ESPN+, Johnson affirmed that he finds himself in a highly favorable state.

Michael Johnson

“We can get back to fighting and get to getting this money and hey, 36, about to be 37 – I’m probably the healthiest I’ve been,” Johnson told MMA Junkie and other reporters at Wednesday’s UFC Fight Night 224 media day. “The surgeries are cleared up. Fresh-minded, clear-minded and no stress and I’m having fun in life now.”

Johnson’s journey in the world of MMA has been nothing short of a thrilling rollercoaster ride. Despite the ups and downs, he remains steadfast in his commitment to pursue greatness.

Michael Johnson reveals his motivation

His unwavering determination stems from his desire to bask in the glory and reap the financial rewards that accompany reaching the pinnacle of the sport.

Michael Johnson

What fuels Johnson’s motivation is witnessing individuals he firmly believes he outmatches enjoying lucrative paydays and high-profile bouts.

He observes with keen eyes as those he has conquered in the past secure these coveted opportunities, attaining widespread popularity and recognition—factors that hold little significance to Johnson.

His sole aspiration is to establish financial stability through his UFC endeavors. Until he attains the goals he initially set out to achieve, Johnson refuses to step away from the octagon.

“Whether that takes me another five years. Six, seven years. I’m going to stay until I’m done and the job’s finished. … I still want a world title. I’m thirsty for that world title. I’m thirsty for all that money in the bank. We’ll see how the next few years go, and then we’ll adjust.”

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Sami Haider is a UFC/boxing journalist who connects combat sports to pop culture. His deep passion for the UFC started in 2018, triggered by the UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor fight. He is a passionate writer who has a profound love for the sport and the skills that are used in it. Through his work, Sami aspires to connect combat sportsmen and their enthusiastic fans.


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