UFC Flyweight Champ Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson wants his next title defense to happen at UFC 196 in Las Vegas on Feb. 6, and he continues to be adamant that the challenger is inconsequential.
Speaking to reporters recently in Houston while in town for UFC 192, Johnson again said that he doesn’t care who happens to be put in the cage against him, he’s ready to fight anyone the UFC deems fit.
“That’s not my place to say,” he responded when asked who the next challenger should be (via MMAJunkie.com). “People are saying Joseph [Benavidez] might be next, which is fine. I’m a competitor. … I want to fight whoever is going to get me to that number – breaking the record for title defenses.
“I don’t give a damn. I just want to fight.”
Penick’s Analysis: Johnson’s very much in the mindset of anyone at anytime, and he has no reason to be wary of any of his challengers at this point. He’s beaten the two other best flyweights in the division (Benavidez and John Dodson) twice each already, and there isn’t anyone else at 125 lbs. coming close right now. He’s likely to run through any other challengers to break the record for consecutive title defenses, and who knows what he’ll do from there. Regardless, the next challenger just doesn’t matter so much at this point, and he’s treating it that way.