Johnson recently appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and in the interview he said he was willing to fight the bantamweight champ, but that he wanted $2 million dollars for the scrap. The flyweight champ then added that he’d be willing to do it for $1 million, since he understood the UFC likely wasn’t going to come up with two.
Johnson’s proposal quickly made the rounds throughout the MMA world, and Dillashaw was asked to weigh-in on the subject while talking to MMA Junkie.com recently. While Dillashaw is clearly in for the proposed fight, he doesn’t believe the same can be said for Johnson.
“It’s awesome, man,” Dillashaw said. “I’m always up for a challenge. And $2 million? Who’s not going to take a fight? He gets paid a whole lot less than that to fight, so it’s kind of funny he’d say that he’d do it for $2 million. He knows they’re not going to pay him that. He don’t want to fight me.”
Now really, all this talk is somewhat premature any ways, since Johnson is scheduled to fight Kyoji Horiguchi on April 25th, which is the same night Dillashaw will rematch Renan Barao. Johnson may not have a ton of contenders on deck, but Dillashaw still has guys like Raphael Assuncao, Dominick Cruz and possibly Urijah Faber waiting in the wings.
Of course, none of this means that Dillashaw-Johnson wouldn’t be epic, and hopefully at some point, the UFC can make it happen.
The April 25th, UFC 186 card will be hosted by the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.