demetrious-johnson-35.jpgSEATTLE – As a new father, UFC flyweight titleholder Demetrious Johnson (18-2-1 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC) is all about cashing the biggest checks possible, and he thinks a superfight with either of the UFC’s two current bantamweight champions could provide exactly that. However, he believes there are still plenty of challenges at flyweight, as well.

“I’ve beat the best of the best in the flyweight division, and there are still up-and-comers in there,” Johnson said at Saturday night’s post-UFC on FOX 8 press conference in Seattle. “I know there’s some key matchups coming up pretty soon. … There are still a couple of flyweights out there that I haven’t fought yet, and I wouldn’t mind fighting them. It’s whatever the UFC wants me to do.”

Indeed, Johnson has already made major waves in the still-developing 125-pound division. With previous wins over top-ranked flyweights Joseph Benavidez, John Dodson and Ian McCall, Johnson has yet to lose in the UFC since dropping to the new weight to kick off the division in March 2012. On Saturday night, he earned his second defense of the flyweight title with an impressive fifth-round submission win over John Moraga in the main event of Saturday’s UFC on FOX 8 fight card at Seattle’s KeyArena.

Johnson previously fought at 135 pounds for both the UFC and WEC, so a return to the division wouldn’t be out of the question. But “Mighty Mouse” said it’s not his sole focus, especially with contenders such as Jussier Formiga, John Lineker, Tim Elliott, Louis Gaudinot and others still developing at 125 pounds.

“[A superfight] is just something to throw out there,” Johnson said. “I’m still focused on my weight division. I know there’s up-and-coming fighters who are trying to come up and take what’s mine, and I’ll be there to defend it for the fans.”

But if an interesting fight comes along at 135 pounds, particularly one that might result in an impressive paycheck, Johnson said he’s more than willing to listen.

“I think everybody is focused on Anderson Silva, ‘GSP’ and all those guys,” Johnson said. “But I think we can make some fun superfights down in a lighter-weight division with the flyweights fighting the bantamweights. I know the bantamweights have some things to wok out, and then we’ll see what happens. I’m just here to fight and have a good time and put on a good performance for the UFC and the fans.”

And White, well he’s not making any commitments, but he’s certainly not ruling anything out, either.

“Reporters keep asking me, ‘When’s he going to get the respect he’s due?’” White said. “I think he’s earned the respect he’s due.

“Listen, if Demetrious came and said that he wanted to fight the champion at 135, I don’t know, I’d have to talk to our matchmakers and see what they think, what they want to do. I don’t hate the idea.”

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 8, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 197 Results: Demetrious Johnson Finishes Henry Cejudo, Stakes Claim to P4P No. 1

  • 5 days ago
  • 15 views

Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson faced the biggest threat to his crown in the UFC 197 co-main event on Saturday when he took on Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo. read news >>

Henry Cejudo no match for 'brilliant' Demetrious Johnson at UFC 197 (Yahoo Sports)

  • 5 days ago
  • 5 views

From Yahoo Sports: "Mighty Mouse" needed less than three minutes to defeat the 2008 Olympic gold medalist and retain his flyweight championship. read news >>

UFC 197: Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo video highlights

  • 5 days ago
  • 44 views

Demetrious Johnson was on the same card as Jon Jones and had the chance to make a statement about who the true pound-for-pound king is.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Henry Cejudo no match for 'brilliant' Demetrious Johnson at UFC 197 (Yahoo Sports)

  • 5 days ago
  • 3 views

From Yahoo Sports: "Mighty Mouse" needed less than three minutes to defeat the 2008 Olympic gold medalist and retain his flyweight championship. read news >>

UFC 197 KO of the Night Highlights: Demetrious Johnson Stops Henry Cejudo in First Round

  • 5 days ago
  • 19 views

Demetrious Johnson's flyweight title was on the line in the UFC 197 co-main event on Saturday. Check out the video highlights of his title defense against Olympian Henry Cejudo. read news >>

UFC 197 Fighter Bonuses: Demetrious Johnson Takes Home Bonus in Eighth Title Defense

  • 5 days ago
  • 13 views

Several fighters rose to the occasion at UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux, but only four could go home with the UFC's official post-fight bonuses in hand. read news >>

Demetrious Johnson looking to break Silva's record; White still working on 'TUF 24'

  • 5 days ago
  • 14 views

LAS VEGAS – Is UFC flyweight champ Demtrious Johnson unbeatable? That seemed to be the question emerging from Saturday’s UFC 197.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Eyeing Records, Demetrious Johnson Hasn’t Even Reached His Peak (Video)

  • 5 days ago
  • 16 views

Demetrious Johnson is setting benchmarks left and right, but says he still hasn't realized his full potential yet. read news >>

The MMA Road Show with John Morgan No. 56.5: Jones, Johnson, Cerrone, Head

  • 5 days ago
  • 0 views

Episode No. 56.5 of “The MMA Road Show with John Morgan” podcast, featuring Jon Jones, Demetrious Johnson, Donald Cerrone and Simon Head, is now available for streaming and download.Filed under: News read news >>

UFC 197 Athlete Outfitting pay: Demetrious Johnson tops $222,500 payout

  • 5 days ago
  • 56 views

LAS VEGAS – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC 197 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $222,500.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>