Recently Cody Garbrandt relayed he’s interested in fighting fellow UFC champ Demetrious Johnson, and it looks like “Mighty Mouse” would be happy to oblige.
Johnson is booked to fight Wilson Reis this Saturday at UFC on FOX 24, which will take place in Kansas City, Missouri. If Johnson wins, then he will have defended the flyweight ten times, and he will tie Anderson’s Silva longstanding record.
Well, recently Garbrandt reported that if Johnson ties Silva’s record, then he wants the flyweight star to “earn” the new one, through having to face him. Not surprisingly, Johnson was asked about Garbrandt’s comments recently, and here is some of what the renowned fighter had to say (quote via MMA Junkie):
“That’s not the first time somebody has said something like that,” Johnson said. “Lots of people say that they can make the weight class. Hell, I can make 115 pounds if they want to throw the division out there. Would I be able to perform at my ability? Probably not. But that’s fine.
“If he wants to come down and the UFC wants to give him an immediate title shot, because that’s what they do nowadays – give immediate title shots – then that’s fine. Or if I go up and challenge him for his belt if the negotiations go well, then yeah, it could happen. It’s a fight.”
Now, that’s a fight a ton of folks would love to watch, and it would be nice to see Johnson in a bout where he collects a bigger payday. But, first things first, and that’s Reis. Although the challenger is a huge, huge – huge, underdog heading into the bout, the veteran is a well rounded fighter that no one should look past.
Further, Garbrandt will battle TJ Dillashaw on July 8th, who is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet. So, there’s some work to do before Johnson – Garbrandt talk really kicks off.