Dillashaw reports fight vs. Johnson would be for both belts

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw appeared recently on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour and discussed the ongoing negotiations for a superfight vs. flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. Although the details are far from finalized, both champions hope for UFC 226: Cormier vs. Miocic on July 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“What it comes down to is that I think I am the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and to do that I have to beat the best and I can make his weight class which will prove that I am the best fighter in the world,” said Dillashaw, as transcribed by Adam Guillen Jr. for MMA Mania.

Dillashaw said both the 125 and 135 belts would be on the line, and with a win, he wants to defend both.

“If I can do it, absolutely,” he said. “If they let me do it, I want to be active as long as I am healthy and ready to go. I want to fall back right away, as soon as I win this belt — the 125 belt —- and get back to work. I’ll come off and become the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, double champ, I got to a lot to pay off with, you know?”

Conor McGregor was, of course, the first UFC fighter to hold belts in two divisions simultaneously. But he never defended the featherweight belt and it was stripped shortly after he won at lightweight. And he never defended the lightweight belt, and appears on the cusp of losing that one, too. Dillashaw actually holding and defending two belts would be a welcome change.