Former UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw has been challenging UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson for quite a while now.
If Dillashaw wants to move down to flyweight, then there is a fighter in Ben Nguyen who is also willing to welcome him to the division.
“That’s an option as well, fighting Borg,” Nguyen said to MMA Junkie Radio. “Fighting T.J., I just think that would be a fun fight. I think T.J. should have a fight with someone else in the flyweight division if he wants to actually fight for the belt – just to see if he can make the weight, if he can even perform at a lower weight class. That way the belt isn’t tied up with someone who might not be able to defend it later on.”
Nguyen is coming off of a win over Tim Elliott, who was the last fighter to go the distance with the UFC Flyweight Champion.
However, if the UFC is willing to give Nguyen a title shot, that would be fine with him as well.
“I’ve been doing some reading online, and a lot of people have been speculating and talking,” Nguyen said. “And people are saying, ‘Ben defeated Tim Elliott, the guy who went the distance with the champ and gave him a pretty tough time. So maybe Ben should have the next shot.’ Especially with all this stupid drama going on with (T.J. Dillashaw) coming down to flyweight, and (UFC President Dana White) threatening to shut down the division. Maybe they should just have me jump in. I’ve got the momentum. I’ve got the style. I’ve just beat one of the top guys. So, maybe I’m not too far off. If it was offered to me, obviously I’d have to take it. It makes me really excited, like I could be fighting the champ next.”
Whomever Johnson eventually does defend the gold against, it would be the first time the title has been on the line since UFC On Fox 24.