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Demetrious Johnson feels it is his time to shine

Demetrious Johnson doesn’t believe in turning down fights, and that kind of attitude is why he is stepping inside the Octagon tonight to face UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz for the title.

Cruz-Johnson is the main event of UFC Live 6, airing later tonight on the Versus Network starting at 9:00 PM EST.

The fighter known as “Mighty Mouse” will be looking to pull what many would consider a monumental upset against Cruz, who has lost just once in his entire career and is riding a nine-fight win streak. Along with being a heavy underdog, many “experts” have said Johnson isn’t even deserving of being in a title fight yet.

“It doesn’t bother me because people are gonna say what they want to say,” said Johnson, in an interview with the UFC’s website recently. “I can’t control what they think of me. If Dana White thinks I should be there, then I’m happy to be there.”

The 25-year-old Johnson has stayed active, as this will be his third fight this year and his seventh overall since the calendar turned to 2010. He is 9-1 in his career and has won four straight since a loss to Brad Pickett.

“When the UFC calls for a fight, I accept any fight they give to me,” Johnson said. “I beat ‘Kid’ Yamamoto, stepped in for Pickett because he got hurt, fought Miguel Torres, won that fight, and the next thing you know, they call me up and I’m the next challenge for Cruz.”

“I’m just blessed to be in the situation I’m in and I’m happy to be in the UFC and fighting all the time,” Johnson continued. “Donald Cerrone, he’s having the time of his life. He’s making money, he’s fighting all the time, he’s being active, and he’s young, so that’s a good thing and how I want to be as well.”

This will be the first title fight of Johnson’s career but, all things considered, very likely not his last.


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