And, while Johnson (10-1) is 100% focused on Cruz and the task at hand, he recently admitted he has given thought to competing as a flyweight as well when Zuffa opens up that weight class.
In fact, “Mighty Mouse” feels like he is very similar to current UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar in that he is competing as a smaller fighter in a larger class. Edgar has a title defense against Gray Maynard set for October.
“Like the biggest I ever maybe get is 142. If I jumped on the scale right now, I’d probably weight 140, 139.5,” said Johnson, during a conference call Monday for this weekend’s event. “I like it that way because if I were to fight at two weight classes I can,” Johnson continued. “Like if I were to go out here and win that’s fantastic, if I go out there and lose and they bring in the 125ers, I would love to fight at 125 and 135.”
Johnson’s lone loss came in 2010 to Brad Pickett in his debut with World Extreme Cagefighting. He won his next two bouts in the WEC before joining the UFC after they absorbed the promotion. Two decision victories over highly-touted opponents Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Miguel Torres landed Johnson the title-fight with Cruz.
The 25-year-old AMC Pankration team member owns five career submission victories and two knockout wins to his credit.
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MMATraining Take: At 5’3″, Johnson is a small guy who would definitely benefit from the UFC having flyweights. He’d also be an immediate frontrunner for the belt at 125-pounds based on his success as a bantamweight and an understandable lack of high-level opposition at the onset of the division’s addition. However, I don’t think bouncing up to 135-pounds every now and then is a good idea for “Mighty Mouse” since that division is going to get more-and-more stacked as it continues to develop.