UFC flyweight titlist Demetrious Johnson made waves recently by hinting that he would like to fight bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw for a purse of 2 million dollars.
Dillashaw now responded to that statement and said he would be more than happy to do that fight for such an enticing purse, but that he would also be willing to go down to 125 lbs. to fight for Johnson's belt there - even without 2 million on the line. Obviously the cut won't be a problem for the Team Alpha Male standout:
"I could definitely go lower (than bantamweight)," Dillashaw told MMAjunkie. "I feel like it's very easy for me to fight at 135 (pounds). I like it that way. I don't want to cut too much weight. I want to keep my speed because that's a huge advantage for me. I could always cut a little weight."
Dillashaw also made clear, that there is no bad blood between him and Johnson whatsoever, but that he would still love to fight him, just for the sake of building a legacy.
"Demetrious Johnson is an excellent fighter - in my mind, pound-for-pound one of the best in the world," he said. "His technique is flawless. His footwork is awesome. He's super fast. My goal is to be pound-for-pound the best in the world, and to do that, I want to beat guys like Demetrious Johnson. Do I feel like we should get paid more (to fight)? Yeah. But I just want to create my name to be as big as possible. That's definitely a fight that I would love to have one day."
(Transcription via MMAJunkie.com)
Both fighters will be in action at UFC 186 on April 25 in Montreal, Canada. Dillashaw will defend his belt in a rematch against Renan Barao, while Johnson faces Kyoji Horiguchi, in what will be his sixth title defense.