With a record-setting 11 consecutive title defenses under his belt, reigning UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is currently looking at his next options. But if there is one thing that is certain, “Mighty Mouse” would rather be 12-time defending world champion than become a “champ-champ.”
Johnson is also apprehensive about moving up in weight because of his size disadvantage. His interest in fighting bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, however, remains the same.
“That’s the fight I want. That’s the fight I believe that should go down,” Johnson said on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting). “I believe the UFC knows that’s the fight that I want. The biggest thing I’ve been really focusing on is letting Malki [Kawa] and Abe [Kawa] at First Round Management handle that stuff.
“I have, they’re great managers and I told them what I want and they talk to the UFC. I think the talks with Malki and those guys have kind have gone dormant.”
If his ideal scenario does not end up happening, Mighty Mouse will then look towards the next top contenders in his division.
“At the end of the day, it’s a paycheck,” he said. “If you’re going to make as much money as you are, when you’re fighting someone else, that’s the one thing I always tell people is I would never turn down the truly rightful No. 1 contender in my division because the UFC can actually strip you. They can say, you’re not going to fight the No. 1 contender, we can strip you.”
“So okay, you know what, Henry Cejudo is the No. 1 contender, we deem him the legit No. 1 contender, and then I’m going to fight him again blah blah blah if he’s truly the No. 1 contender I will fight them.”
Per the UFC’s official rankings, the top three names at the 125-pound division are Joseph Benavidez, Henry Cejudo, and Ray Borg, respectively. All three fighters have already faced and been defeated by Johnson.