Demetrious Johnson, a UFC flyweight champion strongly believes a potential fight against bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw should be on a “stacked card.” Mighty Mouse arguably the greatest fighter of all time is looking for just that, a chance to be a part of international fight week in Las Vegas.
Aside from recovering from shoulder surgery, it’s because Johnson wants the best possible scenario for him and his foe.
However, should this rumored “super fight” take place at some point, then Johnson has some demands.
“It’s the superfight everyone wants. I think TJ [Dillashaw] and I are both on board. We just want to make sure it’s on a stacked card. We want to make sure we can benefit from a good pay-per-view buy. I think I deserve it and I think he deserves it. I’d rather have somebody else [be the] main event, who is going to bring in way more PPVs. In my opinion, that’s held up the fight on my end. I’ve seen guys jump on [stacked] PPV cards and make $1.5 million, fighting an inferior opponent than who I’m about to fight. Me and TJ could fight on a smaller card and pull 275,000 buys, get an extra check for $75,000. My management told me, ‘You know what, we’ll hold out for a big event.’ A lot of media and fans think that’s a way of turning down fights or ducking someone, but that’s a way of being a smart businessman and getting the most money you can get.”
“I’ll wait for that opportunity, because in that one card, I’ll basically make more money than three fights — a year and a half of my life — [combined]. If we can get three title fights — a champions vs. champions edition — that should do well. If they did Georges St-Pierre vs. Tyron Woodley, Amanda Nunes vs. [Cris] Cyborg and me vs. TJ, they can send me the contract. They can negotiate that contract now. I’m straightforward. If UFC comes back and says, ‘You know what, Demetrious, we’re not going to give you that,’ I’ll say, ‘Perfect, send me the No. 1 contender in the flyweight division and TJ can stay up and fight whoever he wants.’ […] I’m not going to sit here and f-cking argue. ‘This is what I want. If you’re not going to give it to me, that’s fine. I’ll just keep fighting guys in my division. You want to strip me? Fine, perfect. Strip me. I’ll work my way back up the ladder.” — Demetrious Johnson speaking to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
Demetrious Johnson is the longest reigning champion in UFC history and is widely considered the best fighter in the world, with 11 title defenses to his credit. At this moment, he wants the reputation and paychecks to start coming in to compensate him for his efforts.
While Johnson doesn’t get nearly the credit he deserves for his dominance; he’s not concerned whatsoever with a potential match-up against. If the UFC has doubts on Mighty Mouse’s drawing power as Dana White has controversially said about the champion before, then that’s all the more reason to place it on a big event headlined by an ever bigger draw. Let’s make this fight happen as fight fans want to see this super fight.