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Demetrious Johnson Explains Why Malki Kawa On His Team

July 17, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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In an interview with MMA Junkie, Demetrious Johnson gave details on why manager Malki Kawa joined his team. Kawa made the announcement on Instagram earlier this month. Here are highlights:

On being happy with Matt Hume’s management but needing more: “One of the things that was going on with my career is Matt was handling my management and training me at the same time. That’s a lot of things Matt has to juggle. He’s a father and is running a gym and has (an executive role with ONE Championship). We decided it was time to bring somebody in to focus purely on negotiating with the UFC. Me and Malki met back in 2012, when I won the belt in Toronto at UFC 152. He’s always kind of looked at my career. We always passed each other by and stuff. We figured it was time to make the team even stronger and bring in Malki Kawa. … We’re bringing on Malki Kawa to make the team stronger, and negotiations can go a lot smoother.”

On when he’ll fight again: “Right now Malki Kawa is working close with the UFC to work on a September date. Malki’s just doing what he does best, and that’s looking out for his clients. When we brought Malki on board to be part of the ‘Mighty Team,’ we said, ‘Do what you do.’”

On winning the ESPY for Best Fighter: “It came as a little bit of a shock that I got it, but all the fans voted and I truly appreciate it. It’s a huge accomplishment. There’s only been a few mixed martial arts fighters who’ve got them. Ronda (Rousey), Conor and I can’t think of anybody else. I’m sure there’s going to be other great champions up there who are going to get it, but it’s an honor to get one.”

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