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If the UFC wants to pair flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson up against bantamweight titleholder Dominick Cruz, “Mighty Mouse” is going to steal a line from “Jerry McGuire.”

Johnson, who’s last loss came to Cruz at 135 pounds before moving down to 125 and earning UFC gold, appeared on a recent edition of Submission Radio and requested a flat-fee of $2 million to face “The Dominator” in a champion vs. champion match.

“I feel that if the UFC can net-gross $600 million, they can spare $2 million of that,” Johnson said. “They wouldn’t even (expletive) notice that it’s gone. So that’s my case, and I value myself at a high level and I think everybody should. And I think with all these other fighters, you know, fighting out the end of their contracts and seeing what they’re worth, I think it’s good.

“At the end of the day, it’s about can you pay your bills. We are all athletes and our window of opportunity to make as much money as possible is a short window. So for me to go up to a different weight-class and take on the champion – and like I said, guys, I don’t need to go to fight Dominick Cruz. I don’t need to go fight for the 135-pound belt. I don’t need to. There’s nothing in my life that says ‘arggh, you gotta do it’.

“Right now I’m focused on breaking the title defenses (record), putting enough money away for me (so that) after I’m done fighting in mixed martial arts I can have a smooth transition into my next career and have enough money to where I don’t have to look back.”

Currently, Johnson does not have a title fight set for 2016, though Henry Cejudo remains a strong possibility for his next challenger. He has turned back the efforts of Joseph Benavidez, John Dodson, John Moraga and Ali Bagautinov over the past few years.

“My mindset is to take care of my family and my kids and make sure I have enough money in investments,” Johnson added. “I’m good to go.”

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Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is laying down the law.

Aldo, who lost the title last December to Conor McGregor, is making it known that he will only return for a rematch with McGregor.

Currently, “Notorious” is scheduled to face Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight belt in March. He has made it known he will defend both titles if successful.

Fala galera, estava quieto até agora porque da maneira que a luta aconteceu eu já estava me preparando nos treinos pois tinha certeza que teria a revanche imediata. Porém Acho que me enganei. Então queria deixar bem claro para o @UFC que não aceito nenhuma luta que não seja pelo cinturão, por tudo que eu fiz nesses 8 anos , por tudo que eu aceitei e pela forma que a luta acabou. A única exceção seria uma luta a qualquer momento, em qualquer lugar e já que ele está com medo de me devolver o cinturão, não precisa ser pelo cinturão…@thenotoriousmma Espero que que vocês também cumpram a palavra de vocês @danawhiteufc @lorenzofertitta pois ainda acredito na empresa que trabalho. #rematch Hi everyone, i was quiet for a while because i was waiting for my rematch based on how the fight Went down, in fact I was already training for it, but apparently I was wrong. So I wanted to make something clear to UFC: for everything I have done, everything I have accepted and mostly how the fight ended, I will not accept any other fight other than a title shot . My only exception would be fighting thenotorious , at any time, anywhere , and once that he is afraid and knows that I'm gonna win …. Doesn't have to be title fight against him. Keep my belt, but I wanna whoop ur ass anywhere. @danawhite @lorenzofertitta @ufc keep ur word. I still believe in the company that I work for. #rematch

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ufc on fox 18

Check out all three segments from the recently-aired UFC on FOX 18 “Road to the Octagon” special.

The series went in-depth ahead of Saturday’s card that features light heavyweights Anthony Johnson and Ryan Bader in the main event.

ufc on fox 18

Another contender in the UFC’s light heavyweight division emerges this Saturday night, as Ryan Bader takes on Anthony Johnson at UFC on FOX 18.

Set for the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the main card – and most of the prelims – will be televised.

The four-fight main card, which also includes Josh Barnett-Ben Rothwell, Iuri Alcantara-Jimmie Rivera and Sage Northcutt-Bryan Barberena, begins at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

Six prelims, highlighted by former Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine vs. Jake Ellenberger, kickoff at 5 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 after early prelims on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Check out the complete lineup, along with a video preview, below:

MAIN CARD (FOX/8 p.m. ET)

Light Heavyweight: Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader

Heavyweight: Josh Barnett vs. Ben Rothwell

Bantamweight: Iuri Alcantara vs. Jimmie Rivera

Lightweight: Sage Northcutt vs. Bryan Barberena

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/5 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Tarec Saffiedine vs. Jake Ellenberger

Lightweight: Diego Ferreira vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier

Middleweight: Kevin Casey vs. Rafael Natal

Flyweight: Dustin Ortiz vs. Wilson Reis

Welterweight: Alexander Yakovlev vs. George Sullivan

Featherweight: Alex Caceres vs. Masio Fullen

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/3:30 p.m. ET)

Featherweight: Damon Jackson vs. Levan Makashvili

Lightweight: Felipe Olivieri vs. Tony Martin

Welterweight: Matt Dwyer vs. Randy Brown

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Bellator returns for the first time this year this Friday night with Bellator 148.

Featuring a main event between Paul Daley and Andy Uhrich, the card takes place inside the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. The main card airs live on Spike TV.

Along with Daley-Uhrich, Chris Honeycutt takes on Paul Bradley, Ryan Couture battles Patricky “Pitbull” Freire and Raphael Butler faces Tony Johnson.

Originally, former UFC title contender Josh Koscheck was to make his Bellator debut. An injury, though, scrapped him from action.

Check out the complete lineup, along with a video preview, below:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Paul Daley vs. Andy Uhrich

Welterweight: Chris Honeycutt vs. Paul Bradley

Lightweight: Ryan Couture vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire

Heavyweight: Raphael Butler vs. Tony Johnson

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)

Female Featherweight: Ilima MacFarlane vs. Amber Tackett

Featherweight: Anthony Avila vs. John Reedy

Heavyweight: Javy Ayala vs. Carl Seumanutafa

Featherweight: Art Arcienega vs. Justin Smiley

Welterweight: Mason Fowler vs. TBA

Featherweight: Mark Dickman vs. Thomas Diagne

Bantamweight: Paul Ruiz vs. Josh San Diego

Flyweight: Matt Perez vs. Eugene Cancino

Featherweight: Nick Bustamante vs. Salvador Becerra

Light Heavyweight: John Paul Elias vs. TBA

Light Heavyweight: Jermaine McDermott vs. Eric Huggins

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