Even though Demetrious Johnson is interested in fighting current UFC bantamweight champion, T.J. Dillashaw, he’s more interested in a record 12th title defense instead of becoming a “champ-champ.”
In a recent edition of The MMA Hour, Johnson told Ariel Helwani that while he may be apprehensive to going up a weight class due to a size disadvantage, his want for a fight with Dillashaw is still there.
“That’s the fight I want. That’s the fight I believe that should go down,” Johnson said on The MMA Hour. “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.”
And while he may not make “super fight” money, Johnson told Helwani that he would never turn down the
truly rightful number one contender… because the UFC can actually 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.”
Original report: Bloody Elbow