Both Demetrious Johnson and TJ Dillashaw have said they’re down for a super fight, but it sounds like the latter believes “Mighty Mouse” is just posturing.
As any hardcore fans knows, there’s been a lot of speculation as to what the future holds for Johnson, since he’s defeated four of the UFC’s top five flyweights. Recently the promotion announced that the champion will face Kyoji Horiguchi on April 25th, but many believe the title fight has come a little too soon for the promising flyweight.
As a result, there’s been talk as to whether Johnson might take some more bouts at 135, or consider fighting the bantamweight champ Dillashaw. Johnson appeared on “The MMA Hour” last week, and said he’s been telling “everybody” that he’ll fight the Team Alpha Male member. The one condition, however, is that they get paid $2 million bucks (Johnson reportedly lowered his offer and said he’d do it for $1 million…)
Well, recently Dillashaw was asked to comment on the proposed super fight while talking to MMA Junkie.com. Here is some of what the champ had to say:
“It’s awesome, man,” Dillashaw said. “I’m always up for a challenge. And $2 million? Who’s not going to take a fight? He gets paid a whole lot less than that to fight, so it’s kind of funny he’d say that he’d do it for $2 million. He knows they’re not going to pay him that. He don’t want to fight me.”
Yes, it would be awesome, and whether Johnson is in fact interesting in fighting Dillashaw, or just wants to score a big pay day, only he really knows (although considering he’s faced Dominick Cruz in the past one would think Johnson’s up for it).
Of course, the chances of this fight happening any time soon are slim. Dillashaw is booked to rematch Renan Barao the same night that Johnson will face Horiguchi, and there’s also several other contenders for him to deal with.
Raphael Assuncao, who has defeated Dillashaw before, is still in the running, as is the former champ Cruz. And, who knows, the UFC might consider putting together Dillashaw-Urijah Faber at some point, depending on how everything shakes out.
The April 25th, UFC 186 card will be hosted by the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.