UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson recently stated that negotiations have begun for a super fight against UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw.
Michael Bisping is a former UFC Middleweight Champion and he claims that the super fight is one that Johnson needs.
“You’ve got to give DJ his credit. He’s incredible. He’s always looking for the finish. He’s exciting, he really is. But the competition, unless you were a hardcore MMA fan, you wouldn’t know who the hell they were if you walked past them. I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t recognize some of those guys and I live and breathe mixed martial arts. If some of those guys walked past me in the street, I wouldn’t know. You need fantastic opponents. You need opponents that bring out the best in you. You need opponents that can give you a run for your money. And some of those people have given him a really good run for his money but some of them he’s completely wiped out," said Bisping on Believe You Me.
Johnson and Dillashaw have been linked together for quite some time now, plus neither have competed in a champion versus champion bout in their professional MMA careers.
Bisping also argues that Johnson isn’t much of a pay-per-view draw, which is another reason he needs the super fight.
“Another knock has been that he hasn’t been a proven draw,” said Bisping. “He hasn’t sold big pay-per-views. I don’t think that’s Demetrious’ fault. I think that’s just the trend that we see in combat sports. Super light weight classes like that have always had a hard time drawing at the box office. But him against T.J., that’s an interesting fight. That’s a fight that gets people to sit up, take notice, give him respect, and essentially, earn them both a lot of money.”
If the super fight could come together, it would be the second champion versus champion bout in the UFC this year, as UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic battles UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 226.