"I took something from Haru (Shimanishi) when I went to Hawaii to train for my second Ian McCall fight. He goes, 'It doesn't matter who you fight. You can watch tape on somebody and see what they can do, but it's not gonna be the same person because everyone reacts different to everything.' It's almost like a chemistry project where you test different types of chemicals, it's gonna react to having different exposure and that's the same thing with fighting. I can look at John Dodson's video tape and say, 'Oh, this is what he does against this type of person and this type of person has this kind of body-type. He's this fast or whatever,' but Haru was like, First round, do your thing, second round test the system and third round you finish. You never want to go off of tape because things can change in the ring and if you're so focused on a gameplan and they do something different, you'll be like, 'we're screwed.'"
-- UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson has a very specific style of preparation for fights, and it doesn't include learning the tendencies of his opponents. Unlike fellow champion Jon Jones, "Mighty Mouse" tells Impact Syndicate he won't be staying up hours late at night studying game film of The Ultimate Fighter season 14 winner John Dodson, the man he's slated to defend his title against early next year (Jan. 26, 2012) in the main event of UFC on Fox 6. Johnson most recently defeated Joseph Benevidez via unanimous decision to be crowned the inaugural UFC 125 pound king last month. The 26 year old AMC Pankration fighter is still coming into his own, but he'd better be careful against "The Magician," a fighter known to pack quite a wallop in his punches. Could Johnson's lack of fight study come back to bite him, or is he doing the right thing by focusing on himself? Speak up, Maniacs!