UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson had a memorable 2017. But it’s going to be a little while until he’s back in the octagon.
Demetrious Johnson says he is getting his left shoulder "worked on, cleaned up". Been having pain since December, injured during 9-round grappling pic.twitter.com/lCstf53e9M
— Mike Dyce (@mikedyce) January 10, 2018
The fact that it doesn’t appear too serious of a shoulder injury is excellent news for fight fans. And, of course, for Johnson himself. The flyweight champion now holds the UFC title defense record (11). Last year, he would submit both Wilson Reis and Ray Borg in title defenses. That said, he doesn’t know who’s going to step into the octagon with him next.
However, new bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw wants a champion vs. champion bout.
“I’m looking to come in and dethrone him from his legacy,” Dillashaw said. “He won’t be able to call himself the ‘GOAT’ anymore.”
But Dillashaw doesn’t stop there.
“It’s so easy for him to continue calling himself that and take the fights he thinks are a little easier. He’s a cerebral fighter. He and his coach are smart guys, and they know I bring the greatest threat. I think he knows that’s going to be a tough one for him to win.”
In fact, Dillashaw is extremely confident in his chances. But that shouldn’t surprise us by now.
“When you see him manhandle guys and finish fights late in championship rounds – outgrapple them – he’s not going to be able to do that to me. And I think that’s a scary thing to him, that he doesn’t have something to fall back on.”
Will Johnson sets his sights on Dillashaw upon his return? We’ll find out soon enough.