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What’s next for Demetrious Johnson after ninth straight title defense at TUF 24?

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MMA: TUF Tournament of Champions-Johnson vs Elliott Tracy Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After scouring the globe to find current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson a suitable opponent by getting all 125-pound champions from other organizations to participate in The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 24 "Tournament of Champions," Tim Elliott prevailed above all.

Which is rather ironic, really, as Tim is an ex-UFC fighter, who didn’t fare too well in his run with the WME-IMG-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, going 2-6 and dropping his last three in a row before getting his pink slip.

But, after getting through the TUF house, Tim found himself face-to-face with the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world in Johnson. And it was a better fight that many expected, as the Titan FC Flyweight champion took "Mighty Mouse" to the limit, going all five rounds with the pound-for-pound king, rocking him on one occasion (full video highlights here).

In the end, though, Johnson proved to be too much for Elliott, earning the unanimous decision win, though it was Tim that won the respect of many.

That is now nine consecutive defense for Demetrious, who is quickly running out of opponents at 125 pounds, as he’s already taken out the rest of the top dogs in the divisions, some of them event twice (Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson).

The next logical step would be to pit Johnson against Benavidez once again after he took out Cejudo in the co-main event of the bout. But trying to convince matchmakers that a third title fight between these two men is going to be a tough task.

However, if the new regime over at UFC is all about putting on fights fans want to see, why not give Johnson a shot at becoming the promotion’s next dual champ?

After all, they did let Conor McGregor attempt it, despite the fact that "notorious" failed to defend his 145-pound strap once. And I get it, you don’t have to remind me that no one sells like McGregor does, but, Johnson has defended his strap nine time.


If that isn’t worth a shot at a historical fight for a champion -- who also happens to be the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world — then I don’t know what is.

Of course, for that scenario to play out, Dominick Cruz would have to defend his Bantamweight strap against Cody Garbrandt at UFC 207 on Dec. 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For complete TUF 24 results and coverage click here.