A lot has changed since the establishment of the UFC’s flyweight division. For Demetrious Johnson, the change has been more than he could have ever imagined. Now a married man, “Mighty Mouse” has seen his life flipped upside down in just a matter of one year.

With wins over Ian McCall and Joseph Benavidez, Johnson stands alone atop of the 125-pound rankings after being crowned with UFC gold in September of 2012. While the fame and spotlight have certainly expanded, Johnson remains the same humble, down-to-earth type of man that has attracted so many fans along the way.

“Life is great,” Johnson admitted in an exclusive interview with the MMA Corner. “I’m happily married to Destiny, and she’s been so supportive for everything. Everything has been great, and I couldn’t really ask for much more.

Johnson (R) connects with a right hand (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

“A lot has changed over the past year. It’s been an awesome ride, and I’ve met my goal of becoming a UFC champion. Even still, I have a lot more I want to accomplish. I’m definitely a lot busier, but I’m still the same person I was before winning the title. I want to continue to prove why I’m the champion.

“It’s expected that people will doubt you along the way. That comes with the territory. I wouldn’t say it’s time to get on the Demetrious Johnson bandwagon, because I still have a lot that I want to accomplish. It doesn’t bother me either way if some people doubt me, that’s a part of the sport. I’m only 26 years old, and I believe that the best is yet to come.”

Johnson could potentially find himself in the toughest battle of his career when he meets the lightening-quick John Dodson in the main event at UFC on Fox 6 on Saturday night in Chicago. Dodson, a Jackson’s MMA product, is believed to be neck-and-neck with Johnson in regards to his speed, quickness and agility, factors opponents have not been able to keep up with since the establishment of the flyweight division.

Johnson (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

Nonetheless, Johnson is determined to stick to his game plan and remain the same person regardless of the outcome on Saturday evening.

“It’s going to be a great fight. We’re going to put on a great show for the fans, and I’m excited to see what happens. You definitely feel a little more pressure being the champion, but that’s not going to change who I am. If I win on Saturday night, I’m going to go home and keep training for my next fight. If something happens where I lose on Saturday night, I’m still going to go back home and continue training,” said Johnson. “That’s just who I am.

“I know that John is going to be a tough opponent. Everyone I’m going to face at this point is going to be a tough opponent. If you look at John’s game, it’s hard to find a weakness in his game. He’s quick, he’s fast, has power in his punches. It’s definitely going to be a fun challenge.

“It’s hard to say if this fight will be finished; anything can happen, you know? I think one thing I have to my advantage is that I’ve been in these big fights. I’ve gone the distance and I’ve been in five-round fights. I have that experience and I’m looking forward to seeing how he responds, the later the fights goes on. You could see him wear down a little bit in his fight with [Tim] Elliott. I’m looking forward to testing him out.

“Regardless of the outcome, I’m not going to let anything change me.”

Top Photo: Demetrious Johnson celebrates winning the title (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)