T.J. Dillashaw willing to drop down to 125 pounds and challenge flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson
There really isn’t anyone left in the 125-pound division to challenge current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight king Demetrious Johnson for Octagon supremacy. After successfully defending his title eight-straight times and leaving a somewhat talented division in ruin, Johnson is a champion without challengers. That’s why the promotion will grant a title shot to the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 24 Flyweight Tournament, which includes 125-pound champions from around the world.
Luckily for Johnson and fight fans eager to see “Mighty Mouse” tested like never before inside of the cage, TUF may not be the only avenue for the champion to acquire a hungry title challenger. Former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw recently suggested he could move down to 125 pounds and challenge the pound-for-pound king.
“I wanna fight Demetrious Johnson,” said Dillashaw during a recent appearance on Fighter and the Kid podcast (transcribed by MMA Latest). ” I’m a huge fan of the guy, great dude, he’s awesome. I think he’s pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world. I want to get my belt back and I want to fight Demetrious Johnson. I want to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. The whole point of me doing this is to be the best, you know. To do so I need my belt back, that’s first and foremost.”
Despite the fact that Dillashaw currently competes at 135 pounds, which is a weight class “Mighty Mouse” called home once upon a time, the former UFC champ is ready to cut some extra weight and fight Johnson in his own backyard.
“I can actually drop to 125,” added Dillashaw. “I don’t worry about cutting weight [at 135] ’til 5 days before the fight. I’m only 150 lbs through fight camp. I can make 125. I want my belt back, then I’ll fight Demetrious. I’d rather fight him at 125.”
Considering Johnson will defend his title for the ninth time at TUF 24 Finale on Dec. 3, Dillashaw may have to wait a little while before he gets his hands on the most well-rounded fighter in the sport today. But with insane footwork, world-class wrestling and knockout power, Dillashaw would be Johnson’s toughest flyweight test to date.