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.
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.”
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.