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Demetrious Johnson: Cody Garbrandt fight more ‘compelling’ at bantamweight

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Demetrious Johnson would prefer moving to bantamweight to challenge Cody Garbrandt over defending his title against “No Love” at flyweight.

Demetrious Johnson over the years has been asked continuously about a super-fight with the UFC bantamweight champion — that’s how dominant his flyweight title reign has been. “Mighty Mouse” wants to surpass Anderson Silva’s record for most consecutive title defenses, but he’s also open to a future matchup with current 135-pound titleholder Cody Garbrandt.

“No Love” is interested in dropping down to 125 pounds to challenge Johnson for the flyweight strap after his first title defense against T.J. Dillashaw this summer, and Johnson is OK with fighting Garbrandt at either flyweight or bantamweight — though he has a preference.

If it was up to him, Johnson would move up to bantamweight to challenge Garbrandt because a win would make him a two-division champ.

“Obviously 135,” Johnson told TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter. “They’re both compelling, but for me, I’d just go up. That way, if I win, I get his belt. I can stay at (1)35. For him to come down to (1)25 and he wins, does he keep the belt or does he relinquish it? Because if he comes down and beats me (and return to bantamweight), then I’ll just fight for the belt again and get it back. Like, ‘Thanks!’ But yeah, it’s a great fight, and if it happens, it happens.”

Johnson, who holds victories over John Dodson, Joseph Benavidez, Kyoji Horiguchi, and Henry Cejudo, among others, looks to tie Silva’s title defense record of 10 in a row this weekend in the main event of UFC on FOX 24, where he meets third-ranked flyweight Wilson Reis. The event takes place live from Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday.

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