Demetrious Johnson Eyeing TJ Dillashaw Bout For International Fight Week 2018

Demetrious Johnson, flyweight champion currently on the shelf following shoulder surgery, but hasn’t lost sight of a potential super fight this Summer.

Last year TJ Dillashaw campaigned hard to face Demetrious Johnson in his record-setting 11th flyweight title defense. Eventually, Johnson fought Ray Borg instead, whom he submitted in the fifth round via suplex armbar. With that win, “Mighty Mouse” broke Anderson Silva’s mark of 10 consecutive title defenses.

Dillashaw, who went on to meet Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217 last November where he scored a second-round TKO victory to reclaim the UFC bantamweight title and is now targeting Johnson in 2018.

Last month UFC brass Dana White said the matchup is “going to happen,” but there’s been no official update since.

Demetrious Johnson recently underwent successful shoulder surgery, said he still has his eyes set on the super fight with reigning UFC bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw.

“Recovery is going good. I had rotator cuff [surgery], labrum and joint clean-out,” Johnson said during a Metro PCS chat with fans (Via “After 11 title defenses and 12 championship fights, the old dog needs to get some rehab. I got it cleaned up.

“Six weeks recover, we can get strong again, and hopefully T.J. Dillashaw can get this match done. Hopefully July, International Fight Week, on a big, big card.”

TJ Dillashaw, a bantamweight champion also offered the same sentiment.

“I would love to fight on a big card in June or July,” Dillashaw sayd. “This is a hyped up fight that could be on one of those big stacked cards just like we had at Madison Square Garden. It’s going to be a huge draw. Why not make this another Super Bowl card? That would be my dream because it’s so hyped up, it’s going to be amazing.

“Hell yeah [International Fight Week] that would be awesome. Super big.”

No official update from UFC has been given regarding a super-fight, which championship would be on the line or even a potential date.

Published on January 23, 2018 at 12:00 am
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