Guest Bio: Demetrious Johnson is a mixed martial artist. He is the first and current Flyweight Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He also regularly streams himself playing video games on Twitch.
Topics Discussed: Joe thinks DJ is the best fighter in the world; DJ’s passion for mixed martial arts and commitment to training and getting better; training with Matt Hume full time; Matt Hume’s fighting career; training smarter and letting the body heal; fighters pulling out of fights due to injuries; Conor McGregor; Conor vs. Jose Aldo; weight cutting and the UFC’s IV ban; rehydration to mask drugs; benefits of performance enhancing drugs; Ali Bagautinov popping for EPO after his fight with DJ; Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm fight; Ronda’s popularity in Brazil after the Bethe Correia fight; Holly Holm’s striking; Ronda’s striking and grappling; skill level of women’s MMA; Joanna Jedrzejczyk; DJ thinks Paige VanZant will beat Joanna Jedrzejczyk; Rafael dos Anjos vs. Anthony Pettis; progression of MMA over the last 20 years; Jon Jones gaining weight and muscle by powerlifting; Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen; Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen; Paulo Filho; gi vs no gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; shit talking during a fight; hyping a fight for financial gain; people don’t appreciate DJ and his fights; Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson; John Dodson’s KO of TJ Dillashaw; Dodson’s size; John Lineker; Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald; DJ feels like he’s still getting better; DJ feels like he’s the UFC’s redheaded stepchild but has a sense of humor about it; staying humble; carrying the belt around; Carla Esparza losing the belt; not enough talented or knowledgeable fighters on The Ultimate Fighter; people don’t like small fighters; boxing rounds compared to MMA rounds; fighting to not get hit; The Ultimate Fighter is regressing the sport; fighting while having a job; having a back-up plan; going to school; DJ’s Xbox sponsorship; Reebok’s Anderson Aldo T-shirts and other fuck ups; streaming on Twitch; weight cutting and the UFC’s IV ban; Joe thinks everyone should fight at their actual, natural weight; UFC should have more weight classes; Joe talks about retiring from commentating for the UFC; Joe reminisces about commentating memorable fights; TJ Dillashaw leaving Team Alpha Male to train with Duane Ludwig; Joe talks about opening his own gym; John Wayne Parr’s video of Holly Holm knocking out Ronda Rousey; where Ronda should train; Joe talks about how he got his job working with the UFC; DJ asks Joe if he has ever commentated a UFC fight while high; Joe wants more competition in MMA and hopes Bellator becomes more successful; Joe talks about Spike’s relationship with Glory and subsequent dumping; Ben Askren should be in the UFC; DJ talks about his loss to Brad Pickett; Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s boxing record; Rocky Marciano; people were smaller and weighed less years ago; Sage Northcutt; Edmond Tarverdyan; DJ wants to be kicked by Jose Aldo or Mirko Crocop; internet trolls; trolls love to watch people fail; Deonte Wilder fights internet troll; Joe talks about whether Ronda should immediately rematch Holly Holm; Ronda’s spreading herself too thin by doing movies; Ronda is being greedy by wanting to make more money by doing movies; Ronda should focus on what made her famous–fighting; interviews are a distraction; DJ didn’t get into fighting for the money; the UFC’s Reebok deal means fighters make less money; DJ thinks the Reebok deal is good and talks about problems with former sponsors; Vitor Belfort is losing millions due to the UFC’s Reebok deal; Brendan Schaub refuses to sign the UFC Reebok deal; why aren’t the flyweights more popular; DJ talks about fighting a professional football player; DJ talks about training with Matt Hume and his weekly schedule and diet; sparring; DJ’s next opponent; Henry Cejudo; more talk about training with Matt Hume; confidence and being humble; DJ doesn’t take supplements because there could be banned substances in them; DJ wants to fight but has to wait for the other UFC flyweights to get better.
My Thoughts: Lots of MMA talk. DJ interviews Joe and asks him many questions about half way through. DJ seems like a cool guy! I always thought he was a little boring. This podcast gave him a chance to show his personality.
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