Fight Path: Mom’s deafness taught WEC 48’s Demetrious Johnson about overcoming adversity

When Demetrious Johnson was growing up, his mother stressed to him and his brother and sister to look people in the eyes while talking to them.

She wanted manners, and the Johnson kids complied. They lived in a small suburb of Tacoma, Wash., called Parkland, and they were a hard-working bunch.

But Johnson and his siblings suspected something wasn’t completely right with their mother. As teenagers, they learned what it was: Their mother was born almost completely deaf.


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