With Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier already booked for UFC 226 on July 7 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the promotion may be looking to add another champion vs. champion matchup.
According to a recent report by BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor, UFC is working towards scheduling a co-main event superfight between UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and UFC bantamweight king T.J. Dillashaw.
This just in! Per sources - The wheels are officially in motion to have TJ Dillashaw vs. Demetrious Johnson co-headline UFC 226 on July 7 in Las Vegas.— Chris Taylor (@CTaylor_96) February 1, 2018
While the fight is unofficial at this time, it’s good to know that this is the matchup UFC is looking to make. Johnson has decimated the competition at 125 pounds en route to 11-straight flyweight title defenses and desperately needs a new test his next time out. Dillashaw, on the other hand, is coming off a blistering knockout victory over Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217 to reclaim the 135-pound throne and has been lobbying hard for a shot at “Mighty Mouse.”
Dillashaw posted some pictures to his Instagram account (shown below) earlier this week to show that he’s capable of making the cut down to flyweight.
This first picture is the night before I won back my Bantamweight title. This second picture is me this morning without a fight booked WARNING: Feet may cause loss of appetite. I can make 135 easy and 125 without question. 2018 will be my year! Thanks to @vitagoods and the Body Analyzer, I've been able to manage my weight accurately and efficiently. Get yours at vitagoods.com/tjd for 60% off! #ChampChamp #littlefoot
If the promotion is able to lock down this enticing superfight then UFC 226 will already have its main attractions in place. Cormier moving up to heavyweight to challenge Miocic for the title is enough to warrant global attention, but Dillashaw moving down to bantamweight to challenge the pound-for-pound greatest fighter in the world will drastically improve UFC 226’s PPV appeal.
Stick with Mania for ongoing updates on the potential matchup.