UFC flyweight kingpin Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson has all but cleaned out the UFC’s flyweight division. With a shortage of flyweight contenders, many have been calling for Johnson to once again move up to bantamweight for a superfight. While talks initially surrounded a potential superfight between Dominick Cruz and Johnson, which would serve as a rematch of their 2011 fight, now Johnson’s name has been mentioned in a potential Cody Garbrandt superfight.
Garbrandt, who won the belt at UFC 207 in a masterful performance against Dominick Cruz, is currently set to coach opposite former teammate TJ Dillashaw on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter, however in a recent interview Johnson revealed that he would be willing to move up to bantamweight for a superfight with Garbrandt if the money’s right.
He spoke to NESN:
“Yeah definitely, if the money’s right,” Johnson told NESN when asked about a potential bout with ‘No Love’. “It’s always about the money aspect of it, you know. I need to have an incentive to go up and do it, you know. When you look at the best athletes around the world – a good example is Usain Bolt – he runs the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash every single year at the Olympics, and he breaks his own record, but no one ever tells him, ‘Why don’t you run a 400? Why don’t you run a mile? I mean, you’re fast.’ Because he’s always focused on his craft, which is trying to beat his record, and that’s why I’m trying to do. I’m trying to beat my record. I’m trying to always improve myself, better myself and trying to beat Anderson Silva’s record.”
Johnson of course is fresh off a unanimous decision win over ‘TUF Champions’ winer Tim Elliot in 2016, and currently does not have a fight booked.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/4/2017.