A little over four years ago, when Dominick Cruz handily defeated Demetrious Johnson to retain the UFC bantamweight title, few could have predicted the historic run that would soon follow. In his next fight, Johnson debuted the UFC’s new flyweight class, and on Saturday, the man they call “Mighty Mouse” defended his UFC flyweight title for the eight consecutive time, blowing the doors off Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo with a masterful performance at UFC 197.
As Johnson now inches closer to the record for UFC title defenses, which is owned by the legendary Anderson Silva, the gap appears to be widening between his talents and those of the division’s next closest contender. Cejudo represented the last viable question mark at 125 pounds — with him vanquished, Johnson has effectively cleaned out the weight class. The only contenders who remain are either retreads or prospects still too green to pose a challenge.
But, there is one option that exists. Johnson has long coveted a rematch against Cruz, the UFC’s reigning bantamweight king. Johnson reiterated on Saturday that the champion vs. champion superfight is one that would interest him — for the right price — and while it wouldn’t be Cruz’s first preference, he certainly wouldn’t shy away from the challenge either.
“You look at DJ and you can’t deny that he is the best flyweight ever,” Cruz said Monday on The MMA Hour. “He’s done great things. He’s defended the title. He’s going after a record of Anderson Silva’s right now. He’s said himself, he’s pretty focused on that more than anything, and I kind of understand that. But at the same time, I don’t pick my fights and I never really have. I’m not opposed to a fight. If that guy wants to come up to 135 ….View full article
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