Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson is undoubtedly one of the greatest mixed martial artists of his generation. However, on more than one occasion the flyweight king has publicly voiced his disdain for feeling unfairly compensated for his performances and ability. He has cried out for a money fight and now it seems Cody Garbrandt is more than willing to give it to him.
The current 135-pound champion, Garbrandt, is coming off one of the finest title fight performances ever witnessed inside the octagon at UFC 207, where he completely dominated bantamweight legend, Dominick Cruz.
‘No Love’ has certainly lived up to his nickname by providing a series of unmerciful knockouts on his meteoric rise from unranked to champion in 2016. The Team Alpha Male prospect is setting his sights even higher in the upcoming months.
Speaking to Onnit CEO Aubrey Marcus, Garbrandt explains why he feels Johnson should be next for him.
“I could go to 125 pounds. Obviously, TJ first and foremost, solely focused on him, but you got to think Conor’s out, Conor’s not fighting. Aldo and Holloway are fighting so that ties up Demetrious Johnson.”
Garbrandt has nothing but respect for Mighty Mouse but feels he is a stepping stone to future greatness.
“(Johnson) He’s pound for pound best. Incredible fighter. Great human, I like him alot and his family but for me it’s a legacy that I set out to build. Friendships are friendships, but it’s business at the end of the day. I think that can go on as a huge fight, especially for that division, it’s kind of lackluster.”
Johnson is currently seeking his own piece of legacy as he aims to break Anderson Silva’s record for consecutive title defenses. Garbrandt feels he is the perfect challenge for Mighty Mouse to solidify his own greatness, providing he can overcome his next opponent.
“Demetrious has a fight with Wilson Reis in the not too distant future that’s coming up. He’ll tie Anderson Silva’s record then his next fight would be the all time record. He’s going for the huge record. Make him earn it by fighting me.”
However, Garbrandt is not content with the potential of being just a two divisional champion, he is firmly focused on challenging for the 145-pound belt also. The 25-year-old knockout artist is keen to test his abilities against current champ Jose Aldo.
“Aldo, I would like to fight him as well. He’s the champion right now. He has wins over my teammates too, so that’s something. Our camp knows Aldo. At my time to go up to 145 pounds and Aldo’s still the champion, I’d love to go against another legend.”
Garbrandt is continuously looking ahead and he believes once he gets past Dillashaw, if Dominick Cruz is not willing, there is only one thing on his mind.
“The time’s now for me. That fight (against Johnson) to be on the horizon, I really feel that should be after the TJ fight of course, Dominick (Cruz), I’ll wait and see if Dominic wants to come back and if not I’m going after Demetrious. That’s the fight that’s next on my mind after TJ. Always plan for one ahead. Prepared for TJ but Demetrious is in the foreshadows.”
If Johnson can defeat Reis and Garbrandt can beat Dillashaw then it is absolutely necessary for Mighty Mouse to look to make this super fight happen. Garbrandt only wants to make the tough cut to 125 pounds while he’s young so it would be foolish to not capitalise on having another potential two weight champion especially for new owners who are solely fixated on marketability.
For Johnson, this could finally be the fight that makes him a star. He is regarded by many as the pound for pound number one but in order to vindicate this title he needs to prove he can beat other championship caliber opposition.