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Demetrious Johnson Wants New Challenges at Flyweight
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.15.2014

Speaking at last night's post-fight press conference following UFC 174, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson talked about his win over Ali Bagautinov and his next potential opponents. Below are some highlights:

Johnson on a possible rematch with UFC and his thoughts on the match-up: "Obviously, it's up to the UFC. (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby and the UFC, they do a great job of matchmaking. Ali Bagautinov, he's a guy who came out of Dagestan, Russia; he had three wins in a row against top contenders. So there's a lot of challenges in this weight class that I need to fight. Dodson, I overcame him; he's a challenge. But there are plenty of guys; there's a guy in the division who has a win over me. There's Zach Makovsky, so I'm just looking for new challenges."

Johnson saying that flyweight is a rich, talent-filled division: "I'm not trying to avoid that fight. Obviously, it's up to the UFC to make that decision. The reason why I say that is because this division is rich with great athletes and great fighters, and many of you guys know that Dodson isn't the only person in this division."

Johnson on wanting new challenges: "There's tons of guys in this division, and a lot of people forget about that. I'm just trying to remind you guys. Ali Bagautinov, nobody ever heard of him, and he took a lot of shots from me. He won three in a row. He didn't run his mouth to get here. He beat everybody that the UFC put in front of him, so I respect him for that. Tonight, I faced a new challenge, and I overcame it, and I'm ready to do it again."


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