In yesterday’s bizarre UFC 227 conference call, Demetrious Johnson had some fun with a reporter by imitating Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw – a man who he’s been slated to fight in the past, and potentially in the future.
The Flyweight champion is currently preparing for his title defence against Henry Cejudo this weekend in Los Angeles, with the UFC’s traditional conference call taking place last night as opposed to last week, which tends to be the regular schedule. The call featured all four fighters who will be taking part in championship bouts at the Staples Center (DJ, Cejudo, TJ & Garbrandt) but instead of just Johnson & Cejudo being on the call at the start, as advertised, Dillashaw was also supposed to be present.
Alas, he experienced some technical difficulties, and as you can hear at the start, Demetrious has some fun by actually pretending to be TJ before he gets back on the call. Later on, things got a little bit more serious when DJ was straight up asked about the possibility of a superfight with either Dillashaw or Garbrandt if he is able to get past Cejudo.
Everyone keeps talking about these super fights. If the money’s not there, if the compensation’s not there, I’ll keep doing what I’m doing. That’s up to my management if that happens. My management knows what I want, the UFC knows what I want, so for me, I show up to fight the number-one contender in the flyweight division and I’ll continue to do that. So, who knows, if something comes to the table I’ll do it.
Johnson’s legacy at flyweight has been firmly cemented following his triumph over Ray Borg last October, which ensured that he broke the record for the most consecutive title defences in UFC history.