Demetrious Johnson shuts down the idea of a fight against Cody Garbrandt.
Although Demetrious Johnson is the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world and has etched his name into the MMA history books forever, fans wanted to see ‘Mighty Mouse’ take things a step further and challenge Cody Garbrandt for the bantamweight title.
Johnson, who defended his flyweight title for the 10th time against Wilson Reis at UFC on FOX 24 this past Saturday, was open to a mega fight against ‘No Love’ in the past but says both men are on different career paths.
‘DJ’ told Ariel Helwani on a recent edition of The MMA Hour that he and Garbrandt had a personal chat behind the scenes and decided that they were not going to fight each other.
“He’s his own person,” Johnson told Helwani, per MMA Fighting’s Dave Doyle. “Me and Cody talked off scene, everything’s fine, its just business. … It will not be my next fight. Don’t worry about it.”
The top-ranked talent is content with knocking off fresh flyweight contenders for the time being and said he has already proved himself as one of the greatest ever.
“People say I need to go up and do this, do that,” Johnson said. “Why not be the greatest ever? UFC went out and signed a whole bunch of great new flyweight talent and I would not mind putting my name against their’s and giving them a loss.”
For now, Johnson is celebrating the victory that tied him with Anderson Silva for the most title defenses in UFC history and is letting his body heal and relax.
“I’m going to let my body heal, relax, enjoy this history and just take my time,” Johnson said. “I won’t say any guy is on the radar until UFC sends me a contract, and then, that’s how it was for Wilson too. I knew Wilson was fighting, I didn’t know if we was going to win or not, I didn’t care if he was going to win or not, I had my training camp and I was ready to fight on April 15. If the UFC gave me a list of their events for the fall, I will look at it and go ‘hmm, I like this fight, I like the location, I’ll start my training camp 10 weeks out from there, and whoever is my opponent is my opponent.”