UFC’s Michael Johnson has confirmed that his career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been plagued by daily nightmares of weight cuts gone wrong.
Johnson has been competing as a lightweight for his career. That being said, the mixed martial arts warrior is now set to make his debut in the featherweight division. In a new interview, Johnson has decided to come forward to discuss one of his biggest fears concerning the move to 145 pounds.
Speaking to ESPN, Johnson explained that cutting weight is a nightmare that he suffers quite often.
“I have nightmares about it every night. You have no idea,” Johnson said. “My first fight at 155 [pounds], I got stuck trying to lose the last three pounds. I couldn’t get them off.
“That’s what I keep having flashbacks of when thinking about getting down to 145. What if I get stuck?”
“I’ve spent my time, paid my dues in the lightweight division,” he said. “I’m not looking to work my way up [slowly]. I want to come in here and beat [Elkins] who is on a nice win streak, make a statement, and then get in there on a No. 1 contender fight.”
Johnson is set to make his featherweight debut against Darren Elkins at UFC Fight Night 124. The event will go down Jan. 14 inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.