Demetrious Johnson has been the only UFC flyweight champion in the promotion’s history.
He has also been one of the most dominant champions of any division — earning a 22-2-1 record overall, and scoring wins in six straight title defenses; most recently a fifth round submission over Kyoji Horiguchi.
So, who’s next for the man they call “Mighty Mouse,” who hasn’t lost a bout since 2011?
On UFC Tonight, Ariel Helwani confirmed what many had suspected: the next contender for the UFC flyweight title will be none other than John Dodson, the 30 year old, 17-6 staple of the division.
Dodson challenged Johnson for the title back in 2013, in a bout which was named “Fight of the Night.”
That night, Dodson lost a unanimous decision; his only loss since 2010. In fact, the New Mexico native has since won three straight fights, two by TKO.
No date has been set for the bout, but Helwani mentioned that Johnson would like the bout to headline the UFC’s card on Labor Day weekend. That night, September 5, the promotion will present an event in their home base of Las Vegas, NV.