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Demetrious Johnson Wants $2 Million for Dillashaw Superfight

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(Longtime UFC flyweight champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is one of the organization’s most dominant champions. With one sole loss in the UFC to Dominick Cruz, Demetrious Johnson is the first and only flyweight champion of the promotion. Defeating Benavidez, McCall, Dodson, Moraga, Bagautinov and Cariaso, many are wondering what to do with a division that’s considered largely cleaned out.

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(UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, photo: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

MMA Fighting reports that Demetrious Johnson met bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw in Las Vegas over the weekend during UFC 183, telling him,

“I was like, ‘Hey, I told everybody that I’ll fight you,'” Johnson said. “He was like, ‘You did?’ I said, ‘Yes and I told everybody we gotta get paid. I said $2 million.’ He goes, ‘Eff, yeah. I’m down with that.'”

He also stated to MMA Fighting that it didn’t have to be quite that large of a payout: “I guess not,” he said. “Maybe one million if Dana wants to come out with that.”

The interdivisional superfight comes up often times in the lighter divisions and particularly for such a successful champion as Demetrious Johnson. Most recently for the flyweight division, John Lineker defeated Ian McCall at UFC 183. While Lineker would make for an exciting opponent, he missed weight for the event, making it the 4th time he has missed the 125 lb. mark in the UFC. With Lineker being forced to move up to bantamweight and McCall down a loss, it doesn’t make for any contender progress. On the fight, Demetrious Johnson stated,

“It does suck for the flyweight division,” Johnson said. “That was the No. 1 contender. He’s been on a hot streak, destroying his opponents. Not just squeaking by. It would have made for a great fight for me and the fans.”

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(Demetrious Johnson victorious at UFC 178)

Demetrious Johnson expressed a willingness to fight both top Japanese prospect Kyoji Horguchi and flyweight favorite John Dodson. It’s not likely that Demetrious Johnson will get a superfight with T.J. Dillashaw any time soon if it does indeed pan out. Dillashaw is set to rematch Renen Barão in April at UFC 186, so both titles must stay in tact in the interim. 

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Kurt Tellez is a Southern California-based writer and musician. He first developed a passion for writing and literature in high school that carried through to the completion of a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton in 2013. Inspired by Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, Alan Moore and Hunter S. Thompson, he has pursued a career in writing through contributions to online magazine publications, blogging, and social media management. His musical studies began at thirteen, and has since played in garage bands, concert bands and jazz bands everywhere from Honolulu to The Matthew Street Beatles Festival in Liverpool. Kurt has followed MMA since becoming an avid listener of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Inspired by Eddie Bravo's appearances on the show, he became a member of Tenth Planet Jiu-Jitsu in 2014.