UFC Fighter Johnny “Hollywood” Case is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He has been competing since 2007, and has also formerly competed for the Midwest Cage Championship and Resurrection Fighting Alliance.
As long as you believe and you are determined, you can be or do anything you want to.
Johnny Hollywood Case is not your typical mid west person. What stands him out from the rest, is his mental fortitude to win and excel in a sport where it seems pretty common for the proverbial bar is always pushed higher and higher.
For those that follow the UFC, it is clear that mental toughness plays a significant part and Johnny Case separates himself from the pact.
He has an impressive record of 22 wins and only 5 losses, with 12 of his wins coming from knockouts and 6 from submissions he clearly is a formidable competitor in one of the toughest sports on the planet, and he has done so by his own sheer will.
In addition, he is also a business man, having purchased Midwest Cage Championship (MCC) based out of Des Moines, Iowa. MCC is where he first got his start in MMA by fighting for MCC where he eventually become the MCC Lightweight Champion.
What I like most about Johnny Hollywood is his down to earth attitude. He is a super humble person solely focused on being the best version of himself that he can possibly be.
As a father of two boys, he puts his family first, and as a father myself, it is great to see the outstanding balance between home life and work life he is focused on maintaining.
When he is not training or in the octagon he also is an avid motocross rider having raced since he was 12 years old.
Here is a great inspirational video (Time: 4:12 minute)
So it is my huge honor to present our interview with UFC Figher, Johnny “Hollywood” Case.
Thank you for being with us Johnny, to begin….
Could you tell us a little bit about how you got into mixed martial arts?
I wrestled as a kid and naturally liked to fight and watch fights. So once a senior in high school, MMA was getting popular and I knew I was going to give it a try.
I was raw and didn’t know a thing the first couple years and I kept learning a little bit more at a time, without having any regular team or coaches.
I quickly realized it was more mental than physical, and I seemed to be a lot stronger than most fighters in the mindset.
So I didn’t even have full-time coaches and team until 2015 despite being 3-0 in the UFC with an extensive MMA background once I finally got a real team (Power MMA).
You have inspired people all around the world, who has inspired you in your life?
There is a wide range from athletes to corporate employees that have inspired me throughout the years.
There’s been so many people that have inspired me along the way that I don’t know where to start.
If we’re talking pro athletes, I love Ali’s story and how he handled himself throughout the years.
Every person I come into contact with inspires me in way one or another. Everyone has something to learn and I want to learn from everyone.
If you could thank three people in your life who would they be and what would you say to each of them?
There is way too many I would say thank you too, and no way I could limit that to only three. But here’s my best shot…..
1- My family- without them, nothing is possible
2- Past friends / supporters – every person played an important role in my life that helped me get where I am today
3- Current friends, business partners, loved ones and supporters- They are the ones that push me to be better in every way and a huge piece of the pie to my success
There are a lot of myths or just plain non-truths when it comes to mixed martial arts what is one that you seem to hear over and over?
That you need a super camp with a ton of elite training partners and a long list of elite coaches. That is a huge misconception.
What you need is a couple coaches and training partners that believe in you, you believe in them, trust them and everyone is all in 110%. With that small army, you will get everything needed and can take on the world. MMA is 90% mental and most fighters are mentally weak. That’s why they have to have these super camps to make their mental weakness stronger. The funny thing is…… The mental weakness is the first thing I exploit in my opponents.
What’s the most important lesson you have learned in life either personally or professionally?
As long as you believe and you are determined, you can be or do anything you want to…. As long as you truly believe and prove it by showing it.
In one sentence or phrase how would you define success?
Happiness, love, completing goals and living a positive lifestyle
What was the most challenging or difficult decision you had to make?
Every time I drop my kids off or wake up without them, presents the most difficult decisions as I want them by my side at all times.
As an inspirational mixed martial arts athlete, what pearls of wisdom or words of advice would you have for those chasing their dreams?
Surround yourself with the best people and never allow any room for weakness with negative people or people not on the same path. Write down your goals and work on them every single day and make sure you get at least 1% better every day.
Looking over your accomplishments thus far, is there anything you would have done differently or that you possibly regret?
I don’t live with regret. Everyone makes decisions they wish they could change, but the important thing is not making the same mistakes twice. So no, regret does not play a part in my life.
What was the best decision you have made?
Setting goals on making a career in the UFC
11) What question should I have asked you that I didn’t ask? Why is that question important and what is the answer? I’m not a journalist, so no idea.
Here is a great spotlight on Johnny
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