This article was originally published on Fight News Australia.
Given the year that MMA fans are having, it’s perhaps not that surprising that many appear to be clamouring for a “super-fight” between flyweight champion and pound-for pound king Demetrious Johnson, and former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw.
After all, a full five months into 2017, there have only been a handful of standout UFC cards, and if the ratings are any indication, “Might Mouse’s” last title defense against Wilson Reis failed to capture the attention of the broader fan base. Compare this year to 2016 – where the company had five events that broke one million pay per view buys – and the demand for a big fight is understandable. Especially given that it’s compensation for the loss of the highly anticipated bantamweight title fight between Dillashaw and reigning champion Cody Garbrandt, which was pulled from UFC 213 due to Garbrandt injury woes.