UFC News: Cody Garbrandt Calls Out Demetrious Johnson Anew But 'Mighty Mouse' Says No

By Joe Bacaron, Posted: 04/20/17 04:52PM EDT
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UFC bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt calls out Demetrious Johnson once again as he prepares for his upcoming fight against TJ Dillashaw(Photo : Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Cory Garbrandt may be facing TJ Dillashaw on July 8, but he's got someone else on his mind - flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson. The bantamweight champ believes that he can go down in weight to face Mighty Mouse.

Not lacking confidence, he said that once he plows through Dillashaw in their fight, he will come down to 125 to stop Johnson from getting the record of 11 successful title defenses. Mighty Mouse is currently tied with Anderson Silva at 10.

"I spoke to my nutritionist," he told TMZ. "I say making (the fight with) Johnson at 125 ... and being able to perform... easy." Garbrandt said that he knows Dillashaw's tendencies like "the back of my hand," and he'll use that knowledge to defeat his opponent.

But while he insisted that he's not taking Dillashaw lightly and he's very focused about his training camp, there's still that nagging thought at the back of his mind that he's the one to challenge Johnson's dominance in the flyweight division.

In fact, he doesn't feel the odds are stacked against him despite the relative inexperience. "I don't see how I can be the underdog in that fight, with Demetrious I think he's great but like I said, I'm hitting my stride and I feel like this is my time."

However, Johnson quickly nipped all the speculations in the bud as he said Garbrandt won't be his opponent for his next fight when he guns for the record. He also said that he's already talked with "No Love!" about how he won't be headlining his next fight.

For now, he has no names in mind and he will only have a shortlist when UFC sends over a contract, which was what happened with Wilson Reis. "If the UFC gave me a list of their events for the fall, I will look at it and go 'hmm, I like this fight, I like the location," he explained. "I'll start my training camp 10 weeks out from there, and whoever is my opponent is my opponent."



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