While he is still recovering from shoulder surgery, UFC flyweight champion, Demetrious Johnson is wanting to get back into the mix on the UFC 226 card, in a super fight against bantamweight champion, T.J. Dillashaw.
“That’s the fight I want, that’s the fight UFC believes should go down,” calimed Johnson on a recent edition of The MMA Hour. “The biggest thing I have been focusing on is letting Malki and Abe, First Round Management handle that stuff. They are great managers, I told them what I want and they said they’d talk to UFC. Talks with Malki and those guys have sort of gone dormant. They know what’s going on, but last time I talked to them was six weeks ago. We’re shooting for July, so we will go from there,” added the creator of the “wiz-bar.”
Johnson is hoping the UFC is going to pay him what he’s worth in a top fight on a card featuring another super fight between light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.
“You guys see the pay scale, and you can see where I am at. I am not going to go really into that, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable what I am asking for, I believe I deserve it,” he said. “People are going to say this is a true super fight, and when everything is done and said, when you look at the numbers I want them to look at and can say, ‘that was worth it.’
“But it’s now on Malki and UFC. I am going to do what I’m good at, which is to get better and when it comes time to fight I’ll go out there and put on a great show. Maybe I’ll do a new submission out there, something no one’s ever seen.”