Demetrious 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson is feeling confident ahead of his clash with Wilson Ries at UFC on Fox 24 this Saturday.
The flyweight championship title belt will be on the line in Kansas City but it is with a sense of quiet confidence and humbleness that Johnson steps into the ring.
The American will be hunting his tenth consecutive title defence against Ries. In fact, a victory for Johnson on Saturday will see him tie Anderson Silva for the all-time record of consecutive title defences.
"At the end of the day, it's another title fight for me," the 30-year-old told MMA Junkie.
"One of my coaches told me a great quote: 'Don't celebrate when you’re in the end zone unless you don't plan on being in there again.' I plan on being in this position for a long time in my career."
Johnson believes his ability to make adjustments during the fight makes him one of the best fighters in the world. With an outstanding 25-2 win/loss record, the seems to be the case on paper as well.
"I think I'm one of the best in the world…there's not another guy out there who can mix it up as good as I can," added Johnson.
"I've been in fights when I’ve gotten dropped multiple times in a fight.
"It's always funny – [people] look back at the Tim Elliott fight and go, 'Oh, that 1:45 was the toughest test', and I go, 'You must've forgotten about my first [John] Dodson fight, my friend. Or my Dominick Cruz fight. Or my Brad Pickett fight.' But I always remember the past and remember what I did to get here.
"If I get dropped, I'll make adjustments. If a guy keeps taking me down, I'll make adjustments. It's always about making adjustments, and I think there aren't a lot of guys out there who can make those adjustments in the fight."