UFC flyweight Demetrious Johnson feels like he is currently on a pretty sound schedule.
Johnson, who will defend his title later this month against Henry Cejudo, believes a second defense should come in the fall if he is successful.
However, the UFC recently announced that the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 24 would meet the flyweight champion in December, something “Mighty Mouse” discussed during a recent appearance on Submission Radio.
“I’m fine with having two fights this year, but I don’t want to wait all the way to December. I would, you know, I’ve told the UFC that I like to stay pretty active and I like fighting in September. That’s kind of like the schedule I’ve been on, fighting April and September. So I want to fight in September, then, you know, if they want to have me fight in February – you know, give the guy who won the Ultimate Fighter December off, then January, February, fighting in February, I’m happy with that. But I like to stay active. I don’t like to wait on people to be successful in this sport. Because at the end of the day, my timer and my age is getting up there. And the longer I sit on the shelf, the longer I’m not making money.”
Johnson does believe that the idea behind TUF crowning a No. 1 contender is one that the UFC might look to do more of in the future.
“My thoughts are, you know, the UFC like to keep on doing it. I think it’s great that they can give flyweights a chance to get into the house and showcase that on national television, but I haven’t really had any chance to digest it because I’m focused on Henry Cejudo. For me, that flyweight division, the TUF 24 division doesn’t exist to me, because if I fight and don’t get past Henry Cejudo then they won’t even be facing me. But it’s awesome that the UFC is doing it, but right now we’re focusing on Henry Cejudo.”