It took lower than two rounds for Demetrious Johnson to turn out to be one of the needed males within the UFC.

The reigning flyweight king is now the chief goal of newly-crowned bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw, who set his sights on Johnson moments after stopping Cody Garbrandt to reclaim the strap at UFC 217 on Saturday. Dillashaw started a marketing campaign for a date with Johnson previous to the latter’s record-breaking title protection at UFC 215 – one the flyweight champ was reluctant to signal on for, as Dillashaw has by no means minimize all the way down to 125 kilos.

Dillashaw, a profession bantamweight, says he is able to hitting the flyweight mark, and whereas a December tilt between former foe Dominick Cruz and Jimmie Rivera might very effectively decide the subsequent challenger to his throne, the 31-year-old Dillashaw maintained on the postfight presser that it is time for he and Johnson to satisfy within the Octagon.

“We’ll see what occurs with Dominick Cruz and (Jimmie) Rivera. That’s a troublesome battle,” Dillashaw mentioned, per MMA Preventing’s Shaun Al-Shatti. “I believe Cruz has his palms full with that battle. However Demetrious can’t run from this one. That is too huge. He broke his report. He bought to pat himself (on the again) and break his report. Now let’s make some cash. He’s speaking about how he desires these seven-figure fights – effectively, that is it. Step up, be a person of your phrase, and let’s get this battle going. He’s a really cerebral fighter. He’s sensible, him and his coach, as a result of they comprehend it’s a really powerful battle towards me.”

As for Garbrandt, a former teammate who’d aimed to get the final snort in a two-year beef, the newly-crowned champ fairly merely acknowledged he ought to take a quantity, citing his personal efforts to get again into title rivalry after seeing his first reign finish in a razor-close split-decision loss to Cruz two Januaries in the past.

“I simply completed him within the second spherical. He doesn’t deserve a rematch. He’s very new on this sport, he must work his manner again up. I ought to’ve gotten a rematch after that (Dominick) Cruz battle (in Jan. 2016), a really shut cut up choice that I believed I gained, and I didn’t get it. It took me a year-and-a-half – effectively truly, virtually two years – to get it. So yeah, I believe he’s going to positively (must) construct himself again up.”

UFC president Dana White’s stance echoed Dillashaw’s. The seemingly-invincible Johnson’s dominance at 125 kilos hasn’t precisely translated to the exorbitant paydays he is been pining for, however with the gold gracing Dillashaw’s waist as soon as once more, White believes the flyweight king now has his marquee matchup.

“He’s been crying for a very long time for a giant battle,” White mentioned, in line with Dave Doyle of MMA Preventing. “He’s bought his huge battle now. You recognize I’m down for it as a result of I used to be down for it earlier than, however now it’s even higher. They each have belts, so, yeah.”

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