UFC lightweight Michael Johnson, spoke to mmajunkie.com about his improvement as a mixed martial artist since changing training camps from Jackson’s in Albuquerque to the Blackzilians in Florida, explaining he wouldn’t be the fighter he is today if he hadn’t made the decision to move.
“It was probably the best decision of my life. I’m not saying Greg Jackson’s is not a great camp. Because it is. But I don’t think I would be at the level I am if I had stayed down in Albuquerque as opposed to being here. The huge difference with me is the one-on-one time I have with coaches.
I think Greg was so busy that I missed out on a lot of opportunities to work and figure out what type of fighter I want to be and what type of fighter I need to be. I think that was the main issue for me. It’s so well-organized down in Florida. There’s never a dull moment in the gym.
We set time apart so well and get work in before practices. I’m doing jiu-jitsu, I’m hitting mitts with Henry Hooft, and then I go into a team practice. Then I’ve got different appointments set up during the day with my coaches. I’m just progressing like that.”
Johnson has put together back-to-back wins in recent months, defeating Shane Roller and TUF season thirteen winner, Tony Ferguson. His last defeat came at the hands of British submission artist, Paul Sass.