Proving that he has no anxiety at all over risking his reputation in a superfight with UFC Bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, Flyweight champ Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson has expressed interest as long as he is paid two million dollars.
“I was like, ‘Hey, I told everybody that I’ll fight you,'” Johnson said on the MMA Hour, remembering a conversation with T.J. during UFC 183 fight week. “He was like, ‘You did?’ I said, ‘Yes and I told everybody we gotta get paid. I said $2 million.’ He goes, ‘Eff, yeah. I’m down with that.'”
His willingness to accept the fight, conditioned on receiving not just one million dollars, but two, should silence any criticism that he is nervous about facing the heavier opponent.
In a May 2014 fight deemed upset of the year, Dillashaw beat Renan Barão with a brutal head kick and punches, then defended his title with an equally stunning performance in August against Joe Soto. Those back-to-back performances might be worrisome for other potential opponents, but not for Demetrious, who is totally ready to accept a really insanely large amount of money.