Demetrious Johnson isn’t the type to look past a fight. He knows he has a tough challenger in front of him this weekend at UFC 216 in Ray Borg, but a win would set the record for most title defenses for Mighty Mouse. And he can’t help but look to see who a 12th title defense might come against if he does beat Borg. Luckily for him, he does see a couple of potential challengers despite his run of complete dominance at 125 pounds.
One is a guy he’s already faced - Henry Cejudo. The other is an up-and-comer - Sergio Pettis. Those two men meet at UFC 218 in December, and Johnson said at a media luncheon that either are good candidates to fight for the title next (via MMA Fighting):
“With Pettis, he’s on a three-fight win streak. So if he wins this fight, he’s the No. 1 contender in the flyweight division, he’s got four fights in a row I mean, I can’t think of another athlete ... who won as many in a row. We’ll see what happens.”
Johnson may have already beaten Cejudo (a first-round TKO at UFC 197 last year), but he thinks Cejudo deserves another shot if he beats Pettis:
“I think Henry looked real good in his last fight,” Johnson said. “I feel bad for Wilson (Reis), man. He walked right into the cross, he didn’t do what a southpaw should do, he walked right into the cross. I feel bad for the guy. With Sergio Pettis, I think Sergio Pettis has more of a style that will give Cejudo more of a well-rounded look for me to fight.”