T.J. Dillashaw drove hard for a bout with Demetrious Johnson earlier this year, to no avail, and now that he’s reclaimed the 135 title, he’s calling for the all-star scrap again.
Dillashaw was scheduled to face Cody Garbrandt this past July, but when the latter had to withdraw due to a back injury, the Colorado fighter and Dana White campaigned for a bout with Johnson. The flyweight champ, however, said that Dillashaw needs to score a win at 125, before getting a title shot.
Well, following Dillashaw’s second round, stoppage win over Garbrandt at UFC 217, the champ made it clear he still has his sites set on Johnson. Then, at the post-fight press conference, Johnson had this to say about the renowned, 125 king (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“Demetrious can’t run from this one,” Dillashaw said. “This one’s too big. (Johnson) broke his (title-defense) record. He got to pad himself and break his record. Now, let’s make some money.”
“(Johnson is) talking about how he wants those seven-figure fights – well, this is it,” Dillashaw added. “Step up, be a man of your word, and let’s get this fight going.”
White has said that he’s interested in this fight, but it remains to be seen if it happens. Johnson doesn’t have a clear cut challenger right now at 125, although, if Sergio Pettis defeats Henry Cejudo on December 2nd, a title shot could be waiting.