Demetrious Johnson will look to defend the flyweight championship for the second time at UFC on FOX 8, when he takes on the well rounded and powerful, John Moraga. If Johnson goes on to defend the belt, then it will be interesting to see who the UFC taps him to fight next, as he already holds victories over the #1, #2 and #3 ranked contenders in Joseph Benavidez, John Dodson and Ian McCall.
Chances are, the UFC might look to Benavidez, provided he can defeat Jussier “Formiga” at UFC Fight Night 28 on September 4th. Benavidez has defeated McCall and Darren Uyenoyama since he faced Johnson, and he narrowly was defeated by the champion, losing by split decision.
Of course, Johnson has to get by Moraga first, but while appearing on MMA Junkie.com Radio recently the flyweight champ was asked about the prospect of rematching Dominick Cruz. Johnson took on the reigning bantamweight champion in December, 2011, but lost by unanimous decision. Johnson reportedly answered:
“I don’t get to pick or choose my opponents, or ‘I’m not fighting him, nobody knows who he is; people in your company don’t even know who this guy is,'” Johnson said. “I was at that point in my career where nobody knew who I was, (and) I just did my best to fight, and (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby threw me on the main cards to fight some big names, and it just so happened to work out for me.”
That’s the kind of talk the UFC loves to hear from its champions. In reality, the likelihood of seeing Johnson return to 135 to face Cruz anytime soon, is extremely small. Cruz is still on the sidelines due knee surgery, and will have to face either Renan Barao or the interim champ’s next challenger Eddie Wineland, when he returns.