For some time now there’s been a push for dominant flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson to fight current bantamweight champion TJ Dillashw in order to help cement his legacy as potentially the Greatest Of All-Time in the sport, but it seems that ‘Mighty Mouse’ himself has a different vision for how it could happen.
“If I was to, like, go out and collect all the belts, now that’s something that’s like, ‘OK, I’ve proven that I’m the best,’” Johnson told the media ahead of is latest 125lb title defense against Henry Cejudo at UFC 227 on Saturday night.
“If I was to go to ONE Championship, win the flyweight division there. Go to Rizin, win the flyweight division there. And then go to Bellator … win the belt there. Now this speaks volumes.
“For me to have every unique looking belt around the world, that’s what gets me excited if you really want to know. That’s where it’s like, ‘You have me interested now.’”
It’s an interesting idea, but at the same time it’s one that seems highly unlikely to actually happen, and the reality is that in terms of fan interest, financial rewards and his overall legacy, a superfight with the winner of Saturday night’s main event between Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt is still by far and away the best option.