Omar Johnson may be 3-0 in his professional MMA career, but there is another number that means more to him than his three wins and zero losses. That number is six. The reason for this; his son Kyler just turned six months old. Johnson talked about his son Kyler and being a father.

“He is six months now,” Johnson told The MMA Corner. “He just turned six months about a week ago, so he is getting big and getting up there. Before he was born, I spoke with a lot of parents and they said how much of a life-changing event it is. They talked about how you never care for someone like you will care for him. I never understood that until I got him and held him. I looked in his eyes and realized that there is something bigger than me. There is somebody that depends on me. He can’t take care of himself so my responsibility factor just goes up. I feel obligated to be the best father, the best man, and the best example I can be for him. So, I just try to show that affection and hard work so he can follow my path and do better than me.”

Johnson talked about being the best father he could be for his son Kyler. Johnson grew up in a single parent household, with his mother, and that could be a big reason why he is trying to be the best example he can be. His mother was the best example for him and Johnson took a lot away from her. Johnson talked about his mother and all that he took from her.

“I grew up in a single parent household,” Johnson said. “She worked a lot, she worked two and three jobs pretty much my whole life, but she never missed one of my sporting events. She was always there supporting me. She would go to work at 7am to 4pm and then go to the other job at 5pm to 10pm, but she still always made dinner. I grew up pretty fast with her working and I needed to learn how to kind of take care of myself. Seeing my mom put in that kind of time and wrk and still be able to come to my sporting events, and she never complained about anything; I took notice of that. That is my approach to things. I do not really talk about it, I just go do it and let the rest take care of itself.”

Johnson had a mother who taught him the approach that he uses today in his professional MMA career and with his new baby.

“Before the baby was born I was getting up at 5:30am and workout,” Johnson said. “I was working an 8-5 job so picking my training around that was pretty tough. Now I am working at the gym and teaching classes. I am still waking up at 5:30am, with the baby, but he is getting better with his sleep schedule and helping me out. I still workout 2-3 times a day. I work in between then and the owner of the gym take that into consideration. He works around me. Everything is going well, man, just long days, but it will pay off eventually.”

The hard work and long days have been paying off as Johnson is currently undefeated at 3-0 and looking to extend his undefeated streak to four wins. Johnson talked about his career and his upcoming fight on August 22 at Strikehard 40.

“It is going as planned,” said Johnson. “I am going to keep it going and keep putting in the work. Everything is going as planned and I do not see any losses coming anytime soon. There is going to be another win on August 22. I am fighting Brad Thompson, who is a retired professional boxer. I do not know much about him, but he is about ten years older than me. When he first started boxing I was in sixth grade so he will have the experience factor as far as boxing, but it is not a boxing match. I like wherever the fight takes place and I am definitely going to come out victorious.”

Johnson would move to 4-0 in his career with a win over Thompson. If Johnson can keep winning fights, he could very well see his hard work pay off even more with a UFC contract. Johnson talked about his end goal in the sport of MMA and where he wants to go.

“My end goal is to be the best in the world,” said Johnson. “Whatever organization gives me the opportunity to be the best in the world. Obviously that is the UFC, but if another organization comes along and I got to knock some guys off and then make it to the UFC and knock some guys off that is okay. That is my ultimate goal; to be number one.”

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Jeremy Klump
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Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.