Less than two years ago UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson was a top contender at 135 pounds. Though undersized for the division, Johnson’s stint at bantamweight featured a handful of impressive efforts including wins over Norifumi Yamamoto and Miguel Torres. With more experience under his belt and a title of his own, Johnson appears interested in bulking back up even though the move wouldn’t be on a permanent basis.
“When I fought at 135 I thought I did pretty well there, and I think since my time being there, I’ve evolved as a fighter,” said Johnson at the UFC on FOX 8 media day in a conversation captured by MMAFighting after assuring fans his present focus was 100% on beating John Moraga this Saturday night.
“I think, once Renan Barao and Eddie Wineland and maybe Dominick Cruz sort their things out, if Dana White wants to do a super-fight with us, talk to us,” he continued. “Every time he talks about a super-fight with Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre, those guys make a lot of money, so, you know, I’m always up for that. This is about doing stuff for fun and tackling challenges and making history. I wouldn’t mind being part of the first flyweight vs. bantamweight fight. Obviously they’re like, you’re smaller than that guy. So what? What’s the worst that can happen?”
Johnson has gone 3-0-1 since slimming down to 125 with success against Ian McCall, Joseph Benavidez, and John Dodson. He holds an overall record of 17-2-1.