As the only person to ever wear the UFC flyweight title, Demetrious Johnson has no plans to surrender it anytime soon.
“Mighty Mouse,” who was a special guest on a recent episode of “UFC Tonight,” returns to the Octagon later this year vs. Kyoji Horiguchi at UFC 186.
Johnson (21-2-1) has won seven in a row, including five successful defenses of the 125-pound title. Last September, he submitted Chris Cariaso after also earning a 2014 victory over Ali Bagautinov.
Horiguchi, meanwhile, is 15-1 and on a nine-fight win streak that includes Octagon wins over Louis Gaudinot, Jon Delos Reyes, Darrell Montague and Dustin Pague.
“The guy’s on a hot streak,” Johnson said. “He’s 4-0 in the UFC and I’m ready to go to work.
“I just have to go in there and put pressure on my opponents. I have to mix up my wrestling, my muay Thai clinch and striking.”
Johnson came under some heat recently when he was asked about a potential champion vs. champion match with bantamweight titleholder T.J. Dillashaw, who defends his belt the same night vs. Renan Barao. He didn’t back down from his previous comments, reiterating the price tag for such a fight.
“Absolutely (I’ll fight Dillashaw),” he said. “The price tag is $2 million. Let’s make it happen.”
While some have failed to recognize the skills and victories of Johnson, he is only concerned with remaining on top.
“All have to do as a champion is go out and win fights impressively,” he said. “The attention will come.”