Following surgery, UFC champ Demetrious Johnson eyes July showdown with T.J. Dillashaw
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is still recovering from his recent shoulder surgery, but from all indications, his next fight is going to be a champion vs. champion clash with T.J. Dillashaw.
A matchup between Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC and UFC bantamweight champ Dillashaw (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) has been brewing for the better part of a year. After some initial reluctance and complications, all parties appear on board for a fight that would see Dillashaw drop to 125 pounds to challenge Johnson, who is in the midst of a UFC-record streak of 11 consecutive title defenses.
“Recovery is going good,” Johnson said during a recent MetroPCS Q&A. “I had rotator cuff (surgery), labrum and joint clean-out. After 11 title defenses and 12 championship fights, the old dog needs to get some rehab. I got it cleaned up. (With) six weeks recovery, we can get strong again, and hopefully T.J. Dillashaw can get this match done. Hopefully July, International Fight Week, on a big, big card.”