Demetrious Johnson Open to TJ Dillashaw Superfight, Just not for Bantamweight Belt

A potential super fight between UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson and UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw has been talked about for at least six months.

Johnson was initially uninterested in a DIllashaw match up, as he was slated to defend his Flyweight title against Ray Borg. However, Mighty Mouse has warmed to the idea of a superfight since he successfully defended the belt for a record 11th straight time against Borg at UFC 216.

Dillashaw, who originally put forward the idea of fighting Johnson, has also remained open to a potential super fight even after winning the Bantamweight title against Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217 in November.

While past super fights have involved a fighter moving up – not down – in weight, most of the talk about a Dillashaw vs. Johnson match has involved the Bantamweight champion moving down to fight Mighty Mouse.

That suits Johnson just well, as he recently confirmed that he has no interest in ever holding the Bantamweight belt. Speaking on popular show The MMA Hour, Johnson, who previously fought in at 135 pounds before the creation of the UFC Flyweight division, said that he would not be willing to regularly fight opponents “who walk around at 160 pounds”.

Johnson also described recent talks of a super fight as having gone dormant, but reiterated that he is interested in defending his Flyweight title against Dillashaw. Although the match doesn’t appear to be happening anytime soon, both fighters no not have any matches line up, which means a super fight could very much be a possibility in 2018.

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