Demetrious Johnson is one of the baddest fighters on the planet right now.
The UFC flyweight champion is coming off one his biggest wins of his career as he made his 11th consecutive title defense at UFC 216 when he beat Rae Borg by submission in the fifth round.
UFC 216 took place on Saturday, October 7th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The preliminary card aired on the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, at 6 p.m. ET as well as FX at 8 p.m. ET. The main card was broadcasted on PPV at 10 p.m. ET.
Following that fight, the big question that is on fight fans’ minds is what’s next for the UFC champion. If you really think about it, he does have some options. He could defend his title again, or he could move up in weight for a possible super-fight at 135-pounds.
It needs to be noted that Johnson did begin his career as a bantamweight. However, he decided to move down to flyweight when the UFC opened up the division in 2012, and since then, his career took off.
Johnson appeared on this week’s episode of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and during the interview, Johnson went on record by stating that he is willing to make the jump back up, but only if it comes with more money.
“Make it worth my while. Show me the money,” Johnson said on Monday’s MMA Hour episode (via MMA Fighting). “These guys are taking concussions. Like I said after the fight, I’m not in the business to get concussions. I do not like getting hit. I can take a hit, but I don’t want to damage my brain if I don’t have to.”
“Obviously there’s fights at 125 that seem appealing. Sergio Pettis is a hot prospect. Henry Cejudo looked good in his last fight. I know Joseph Benavidez is getting healthy again. So I don’t know see why I would leave when I just cemented this legacy. Why not set it to 15 (title defenses)?”
“There’s going to come another guy down the road who’s going to be aiming for my record, so my job is to set the bar high. And Joanna Jedrzejczyk, she’s at six. So you know what, she might want to keep on going and try to break my record, and I can’t allow that. So I’ve got to set the bar higher, that why she’s like, ‘F–k that, I’m not going to go for 20. I’m done. I did eight or nine, I’m done.’”