‘Mighty Mouse’ might compete in the smallest men’s division for the UFC, but he is a big threat at 125 pounds. The undisputed, record-holding king of the flyweights just challenged Floyd Mayweather to a special rules fight…
Against Ray Borg at UFC 216, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson set an incredible record. Slamming his foe to the ground and locking up a tight armbar, ‘Might Mouse’ broke the record previously owned by Anderson Silva for most consecutive title defenses at 11.
Johnson’s pedigree is unquestionable, but his popularity is far from the levels of many other well-known champions. As a result, Johnson has found himself butting heads with UFC president Dana White.
Since his latest victory, ‘Mighty Mouse’ has become very vocal. During one interview, Johnson even claimed he would fight in an openweight bout against Brock Lesnar. Perhaps sensing the benefit of becoming more visible to the media, Johnson has now issued a challenge to Floyd Mayweather.
Johnson’s Challenge to ‘Money’
While talking to TMZ Sports, transcript by MMAMania, Johnson offered Mayweather a handicap if he fights in the UFC:
“I think it would go very well for me, obviously. I’m very well-rounded. It’s mixed martial arts. I would even do a handicap. I won’t even grapple with him. I won’t even go to the ground at all. I’ll get him in the clinch, bang up, hit him in the liver, kick him in the liver, take out his legs and work him.”
“100 percent [I would win],” said Johnson. “Yeah, of course. You have the clinch, there’s kicks, there’s elbows, it’s mixed martial arts. I come from one of the great coaches – Matt Hume, Brad Kertson – and my skill set is well-rounded.
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“I’d probably get after that liver. Have to get after that liver. Beat him up in the Muay Thai clinch because he likes to clinch a lot. You see it in his boxing, when he clinches, once we initiate that clinch, I’m gonna throw a knee right to his liver.”
“Floyd, come over here and beat up the smallest guy in the UFC,” said Johnson. “Come try your hand, try to beat up the smallest guy.”
Having been linked to a massive contract offer from the UFC earlier this month, Mayweather quickly backed out of the alleged talks:
Maybe He Actually Looked Up The Rules…
“Exactly what I said is this: If I could make over a billion dollars before, I could do it again,” Mayweather said. “If I chose to get in the UFC and fight three fights or fight four fights and then fight Conor McGregor, I could make a billion dollars. Which I can. I could do it in three fights or even four fights — I could make a billion dollars. If I choose to get in the Octagon and fight.”
“I’m saying what I could do to make a billion dollars quick, if I wanted to do that. That’s what I was saying. I never said I was gonna fight in the UFC. I didn’t say that, I said if I wanted to and what I could. Could and would do is different things. I’m not gonna do it, though.”