Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson is one of the most decorated champions in the UFC, but even a fighter of his calibre knows he won’t be able to make a living in the octagon indefinitely.
During a recent episode of the Three Amigos Podcast, which was transcribed by Bloody Elbow, Johnson discussed how he had grown up with video games and how he turned his interest in gaming into a possible alternative career through live-streaming video platform Twitch.
“I heard you could watch people play video games, and that’s how I discovered Twitch. This is when I had Tyren [his on], who is now two and a half years old. I would rock him to sleep at night, and he would take a while, so I downloaded the Twitch app to watch,” Johnson said.
“I saw guys playing games I grew up with like Mega Man X and Zelda: Ocarina of Time. So after some time, I started streaming some games on my PS4. I’d have like two viewers in there as I played Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn.
“Next thing you know, my wife was like, ‘You should get into it baby, what do you want to do after you’re done fighting? Why don’t you try streaming?’ Then Twitch reached out to me and told me everything I needed to get to be a serious streamer.
“All of the credit goes to my wife, she’s the one who suggested I do it. I decided if I was going to do it, I had to be 100% in. I didn’t want to do it half-assed and try to stream from my PS4 or Xbox One, so I bought a computer and she was all in, so I was like, ‘Let’s do it.'”
“You have to think about what you’re going to do after your career,” he continued.
“I’ve always thought about going back to work at a warehouse or whatever I need to do to make ends meet, but now streaming and video gaming is just kicking off. All I care about is the next game coming out next month. I’m still fighting, I’m in the prime of my career and train my ass off every single day, but I’m starting my second career now.
“Why not? I’m building my viewership and community now, so when I’m 38 years old and I’m done fighting I can have streaming as my main source of income, hopefully.”
Most MMA fighters would train for approximately six to eight hours a day, six days of the week, but somehow Johnson finds time to stream as much as 15 hours a week. Even when he is interrupted by random drug testers…
A dedicated fellow indeed…