Demetrious Johnson was a guest on Wednesday night’s episode of “UFC Tonight” to discuss his upcoming flyweight title defense vs. Kyoji Horiguchi.
Johnson, the only person to hold the 125-pound title, has successfully defeated Chris Cariaso, Ali Bagautinov, Joseph Benavidez, John Moraga and John Dodson since winning the title in 2012 in a tournament finale vs. Benavidez.
He’s unbeaten since 2011 when he lost to then-bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz for the title, going 7-0-1 over the last four years. In facing Horiguchi, “Mighty Mouse” admitted he’s looking for another finish.
“He’s a great fighter,” Johnson said. “He uses a lot of movement and space between him and his opponent, and he covers distance fast.
“I need to put my hands on him and get him in the clinch, take him down, try to knock him out or submit him.”
Recently, former U.S. Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo made his flyweight debut with the UFC and scored a victory over Cariaso. Johnson knows he could be fast-tracked to a title shot due to his own recent dominance in the division.
“He looked good against a tough opponent,” he said. “I saw a couple of holes in his game. This is his first fight at flyweight. There are many different roads to the title.
“Will he take the tougher road against Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson? Probably not.”
As for that “super-fight” vs. bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw, Johnson reiterated that he’s set his demands in place.
“That’s the word on the street,” he said. “Everyone wants to see that fight. I’m focused on Horiguchi. If Dana White wants that fight, I’ve mentioned the magic number and we’ll go from there.”