MMA Power Rankings: Flyweight
Wednesday, October 1
According to Demetrious Johnson and his camp, their goal is not confined to title defenses or winning streaks. The goal is to become a perfect martial artist -- or at least as close to perfection as this sport allows. That includes finishes. Matt Hume, Johnson's head trainer, told ESPN.com: "If you're creating the perfect martial artist, that means at some point in a 25-minute fight, you should identify an opponent's weakness and finish the bout."
That doesn't necessarily mean Johnson is guaranteeing a finish every time, but it has become an expectation. That's how, he says, he'll stay motivated in a fight like his last one, against Chris Cariaso at UFC 178, who was given an implied odds of 6.25 percent to win the bout by oddsmakers.