Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson: Gamer Both In And Out Of The Octagon

By Nate Lawson

Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson’s unanimous decision victory over Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto at UFC 126 was a sweet debut for the man nicknamed “Mighty Mouse.” But what was even sweeter was the fact that his 135 lb. contest, which was in the fourth spot on the preliminary card, was broadcast live on the UFC’s Facebook fanpage.

As opposed to the thousands watching live at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on February 5, all of the nearly 5,000,000 Facebook users who are fans of the promotion on the social networking site had the opportunity to catch the action as well, elevating Johnson’s exposure substantially.

And the fast-rising bantamweight is certainly thanful, as the opportunity not only increased his fan base, but also managed to earn him a deal with Microsoft.

“That was awesome, you know? Since they rallied behind me we picked up a huge deal with Microsoft and Xbox,” Johnson stated on the latest episode of the HeavyMMA Podcast. “It’s a huge opportunity and I’m just trying to get their name out there and let the world know that Xbox and Microsoft are on board, supporting mixed martial arts.”

With companies such as Microsoft willing to support any mixed martial artist is definite proof that the sport’s appeal, even if just in terms of business, continues to grow. However, for Microsoft to support Johnson is really only appropriate. After all, when he is not working, training, or fighting, you can find “Mighty Mouse” with a video game controller in his hand.


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