Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson said he would have no issues going up to bantamweight for a champion vs. champion bout against TJ Dillashaw.
Of course, UFC officials would first have to fork over $2 million in cold, hard cash it make it happen.
Now, Dillashaw is saying if "Mighty Mouse" is determined to play hardball in order to move up to 135 pounds -- a division Demetrious has competed in before -- then "Viper" is more than willing to shed the pounds to meet the 125-pound limit to make the bout a reality.
From his conversation with MMA Junkie:
"I could definitely go lower (than bantamweight). I feel like it's very easy for me to fight at 135 (pounds). I like it that way. I don't want to cut too much weight. I want to keep my speed because that's a huge advantage for me. I could always cut a little weight. Demetrious Johnson is an excellent fighter - in my mind, pound-for-pound one of the best in the world. His technique is flawless. His footwork is awesome. He's super fast. My goal is to be pound-for-pound the best in the world, and to do that, I want to beat guys like Demetrious Johnson. Do I feel like we should get paid more (to fight)? Yeah. But I just want to create my name to be as big as possible. That's definitely a fight that I would love to have one day."
Of course, it's unsure if Johnson's pay request is serious or if he was just pulling our chains. But, since Anderson Silva didn't quite clear the $1 million mark for his "super fight" against Nick Diaz, it's highly-unlikely those demands will ever be met.
As interesting as a fight between the two would be, both men have other challengers ahead of them in their respective weight classes. TJ is set to defend his title against Renan Barao in the main event of UFC 186 on April 25, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (details).
As for Demetrious, he will co-headline that same event when he defends his 125-pound strap against Kyoji Horiguchi.
For more on that five-round title fight click here.