Former flyweight king Demetrious Johnson has been the most dominant champion in Ultimate Fighting Championship history recording 11 consecutive title defenses. Until he lost to Henry Cejudo earlier this month at UFC 227, Johnson was the only fighter to hold the belt since the 125-pound weight class was introduced into the UFC back in 2012.
In spite of Cejudo’s victory being a narrow and closely-contested split decision, there has already been discussion of the new champ fighting UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, starting immediately after Cejudo’s victory when he called out the winner of the bantamweight title fight between Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt. After Dillashaw successfully defended his 135-pound belt, color commentator Joe Rogan raised the idea of a champ-against-champ fight, which he gladly accepted.
UFC President Dana White hasn’t confirmed the superfight but Dillashaw and Cejudo seem to be promoting it already, appearing together on NBC’s Extra and the TMZ’s newsroom.
“Mighty Mouse” weighed in on the potential fight as a guest on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show and surprisingly, he was supportive of it.
“I think it’s good for them,” Johnson said. “If that’s what they want to do, let them do it, you know? I think I read somewhere T.J. said when he was weight-cutting he hit 133, so if he wants to do it, have him do it. I don’t think there’s nothing wrong with it at all. Let them do what they wanna do, dawg. That’s them.”
Johnson is now sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury he suffered in his loss to Cejudo. The former champ claimed he was not worried about any concerns he may not being treated fairly given his status in the division when he returns after his rehabilitation.
“I’m not worried about because I know I’m gonna be successful wherever I’m at…whether it’s me not getting a fair shake…at the end of the day, that’s something my management is gonna have to deal with because I don’t talk to the UFC brass because I can’t hold back my emotions, and I keep it real,” Johnson said.