UFC 197: Demetrious Johnson Says Other Contenders Not as Good as Joseph Benavidez or John Dodson
By FCF Staff
Henry Cejudo is being billed as legitimate threat to the reign of Demetrious Johnson, but the flyweight champ has his doubts as to whether he’s a better fighter than previous opponents.
Recently the UFC announced that Johnson will take on the former Olympic Gold Medalist wrestler on April 23rd. Cejudo has been awarded a title shot after winning his first four bouts with the UFC.
Johnson, meanwhile, has worked his way to the top of the UFC’s pound-for-pound division, thanks to a 10 fight, undefeated streak. During that time the champion has defeated several top contenders, including Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson, two times each.
Recently “Mighty Mouse” appeared on MMA Junkie.com Radio, and while discussing his upcoming bout, he stated (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“The top dogs, I’ve beat them already,” Johnson said. “Now, I’m fighting the guys who, they’re good guys, but they’re not a Joseph or a Dodson.”
“I think now the UFC is all about selling cards; it’s not about having the best fight the best,” he said. “(I’m) not saying Henry Cejudo’s not the best, but Joseph Benavidez has beat the top-tier guys.”
UFC 197 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In the headliner, light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier will rematch Jon Jones.