After Saturday night’s UFC 218 event in Detroit, Dana White made it clear in no uncertain terms that he wants to see a superfight between flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and bantamweight titleholder TJ Dillashaw next.
“Yeah, that fight’s going to happen,” White told reporters. “We haven’t announced it yet.”
White had originally tried to get Johnson to fight Dillashaw earlier this year, but the long-time 125lb champion was already being lined up to defend his title against Ray Borg at the time, and so he accept the match-up, and after locking horns with the UFC President for a while, ‘Mighty Mouse’ got his way.
Since then Dillashaw has gone on to reclaim the 135lb title against his rival Cody Garbrandt and now he’s set his sights back on Johnson, with White giving him his full backing.
However, it seems that the fight booking might not be as far along as White was making out on Saturday night, as MMAfighting.com’s Ariel Helwani has since claimed on social media that Johnson Vs Dillashaw is, “nowhere near done,” and in fact hasn’t progressed any further than when Dillashaw first indicated he was still after the fight immediately after defeating Garbrandt a month ago in New York City.