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Following surgery, UFC champ Demetrious Johnson eyes July showdown with T.J. Dillashaw

Published On January 22, 2018 | MMA News

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.”

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