After knocking out Cody Garbrandt to regain the UFC bantamweight title, TJ Dillashaw would not back off his previous desire to face a certain seemingly unbeatable champion.
“Demetrious Johnson, I’m coming for you. I’m breaking you,” Dillashaw said after his victory at UFC 217. “You dodged me. I’m coming for you. I’m getting that belt.”
There has never been a better time for these two fighters to meet. Now that Dillashaw reclaimed the gold at 135 pounds, a superfight between two UFC champions is a landmark event a card can be built around.
In addition, neither fighter has a standout contender waiting for a title shot. Dillashaw just knocked out Garbrandt, so “No Love” will find himself back in the lion’s den. And while Johnson’s next flyweight opponent could be the Sportsbook of Henry Cejudo vs Sergio Pettis, neither moves the needle and “Mighty Mouse” has already dominated the former.
Odds for a potential bout between DJ and TJ have been released by online book Sportsbook. Johnson, whom many view as the best pure mixed martial artist in the world today, opened as a -200 favorite. Dillashaw found himself coming back at +160 – with the potential weight cut looming large over the 135-er.
There was talk that this fight would happen during the summer of 2017 but Johnson indicated that he preferred to defend his flyweight championship against an opponent who routinely competes at 125 pounds. And though Mighty Mouse is a purist, he is now getting PPV points under his new contract, which makes turning down a fight of this magnitude a difficult proposition.