Now that John Dodson has officially received his rematch against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (details), the trash talking -- which never really ended -- is about to get bumped up a notch.
For "Mighty Mouse, though, it's business as usual. And he won't let "The Magician's" non-stop chatter deter him from the task at hand. In regard to Dodson's recent comments in which he labeled Johnson a "plague" to the 125-pound division, Johnson fired back by saying the amount of Twitter and Instagram followers he has say otherwise.
Check out what he had to say to Submission Radio:
"That's his opinion, and obviously if I was a plague in the division I wouldn't have way more Twitter followers than he does, Instagram followers, I wouldn't have been selected to be in the UFC Flyweight tournament. So I think when he just said that stuff it's just him just trying to ruffle my feathers, and the guy really it doesn't bother me one bit -- doesn't bother me one bit. It has nothing to do with me, when it comes to my training, the way I think about the fight, how I'm approaching the fight. He can say whatever he wants, talk about whatever he wants, speak very highly of himself. It does absolutely nothing for me."
Should he get through Dodson (again), it will mark the seventh consecutive title defense, signifying that he's pretty close to cleaning out the division. As is the norm when that happens, "Mighty Mouse" isn't opposed to moving up a division to cash in on a big money fight.
"For me, I'm just trying to make...like fighters have a short opportunity to make as much money as possible, and this is going to be the biggest fight of my life. It's the biggest thing in my career that I've ever done, and obviously when I am going up in weight and I'm, you know, I don't wanna...since I haven't been defeated since I fought Dominick Cruz. And me going up to fight TJ Dillashaw there's a, you know, potential chance I could lose that fight. So I'm trying to cash out and make some money on the super-fight, because I know the UFC would do very good numbers with it and it will also, I mean, it will be a sold out crowd."
Of course, getting through Dodson is no easy task -- the speedy fighter pushed Johnson to the limit in their first encounter three years ago.
And it wouldn't be a major upset if a rejuvenated Dodson spoils Johnson's big money fight plans when they go toe-to-toe at UFC 191 on Sept. 5, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.