TJ Dillashaw, I’m not a Conor McGregor. I’m going to be active defending my belts. I’m not afraid to fight.
TJ Dillashaw, UFC bantamweight champion has reemphasized his eagerness to drop down to 125lbs for a super-fight with flyweight king Demetrious Johnson.
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson fighting TJ Dillashaw could be the mega-fight in 2018 and while Johnson has been quiet about the match-up and is widely believed to be the best pound-for-pound fighter currently in MMA.
Dillashaw fresh off his knockout win over Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217 in November and believed flyweight king is worried by the idea of facing a challenger who could beat him.
T.J. Dillashaw is tired of waiting for Demetrious Johnson to accept his challenge, is actively training for months now and determined to take everything the ‘Mighty Mouse’ has earned throughout his record-breaking career. He went on record saying, if he manages to beat Johnson, he will defend both titles, kind of throwing shades at Conor Mcgregor.
“This is a way to put a stamp on my legacy. I was a little hurt losing that split decision [to Dominick Cruz] and not being on a 13-fight win streak and being called the pound-for-pound best in the world. In my mind, I should be No. 1. So it comes down to beating Demetrious Johnson to prove I’m the best, and it’s a huge thing for my legacy to be the double champ in two weight classes. I’m not a Conor McGregor. I’m going to be active defending my belts. I’m not afraid to fight.”
“They always talk about Demetrious Johnson and what record he’s about to break. They always talk about Demetrious Johnson and the win streak he’s on or Demetrious Johnson being No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. But they’re never talking about Demetrious Johnson and who he’s fighting, Now he has a chance to lose, and that’s a scary thing for him. I am that person. I’m that person that’s going to bring that threat. You’re going to be glued to the TV because for once you don’t know what’s going to happen. I want to prove a point. He insulted me saying I couldn’t make the weight, that I wasn’t worthy of a 125-pound title shot and he knows that I was.” – TJ Dillashaw speaking to FloCombat.
He first called out ‘Mighty Mouse’ back in the spring, however; the matchup never came together.
Unluckily for McGregor, his reign as a two-division champion was rather short, as the UFC stripped him of one of those belts just a few weeks later. But Dillashaw hopes he has the opportunity to gain two titles and then defend them.
Dillashaw can’t deny that becoming a two-division champion would also be an exceptional moment for his career and moreover, Dillashaw would join an elite list of fighters who have held belts in two different divisions.
Hopefully, the bout will get booked, and we’ll get to see whoever the best man is to come out on top.