UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson is looking for his next fight and in a recent interview, the champion said that he is interested in the Ian McCall vs. John Linker fight at UFC 183. In the interview (which we have highlights down below) Johnson explains who he thinks will win and more.
[adinserter block=”1″]“If I had to bet, I would bet on Ian McCall, but I would not be surprised if Lineker gets a decision. So the fight can go other way, but on paper, I see Ian McCall winning it.”
Johnson then went onto explain why he thinks that Ian McCall will win at UFC 183.
“Ian McCall is going to use his footwork and his speed, and he’s going to be in and out. He’s going to fight him like he fought Brad Pickett (and) throw the body kicks when he gets close. He’s basically going to run around, or use his footwork, to run around and avoid damage from Lineker and get takedowns whenever he can. Ian is one of the few mixed martial artists that doesn’t stay in guard. He postures up, passes, and looks for submissions.”
When asked what Johnson likes about Ian McCall, Johnson had this to say.
On McCall: “What he’s got going for himself is very good footwork. He’s very athletic; he mixes it up. The biggest thing that hurts Ian McCall is he breaks his hands in his fights, and he can come out with injuries because he trains very hard.”
Johnson then gave his thoughts on John Lineker and if he is a title contender.
On Lineker: “John Lineker … has his first fight with the scale – 126 (pounds). I am assuming he’s going to make that. He just throws bombs. His footwork is not very sound, he crosses distance very well because he walks across it, and he knows that people can take him down.”
Johnson is not ready bank on meeting the winner of Saturday’s fight. After all, his schedule as champ was unpredictable, with injury replacements and short-notice headliners taking up much of 2014.
On if he will likely face the winner of the bout: “Even after that, who wins the fight and how impressively they win it, it could be them or it couldn’t. At the end of the day, you never know.”
UFC 183 will be held in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The event takes place on January 31st and will be headlined by Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz. The prelims will air on both Fight Pass and Fox Sports 1. The main card airs on PPV.
[adinserter block=”2″]On the potential bouts: “I love my odds in rematches. And Lineker, that’s going to be a challenge. The guy hits hard. Everybody is scared to stand up with him. I think I have a good matchup with him. At the end of the day, I’m just here to defend my belt, and it doesn’t matter to me. The biggest thing is I’d like to have a set date, whether it’s me fighting twice this year or three times a year. I hate waiting on somebody have a clear-cut contender, because I’m waiting on somebody else to do great in this sport. I like to be like, ‘This is what I want to do, and I’m going to go do it.’”
Johnson is still awaiting his next title defense, but these two could be a possible title contention fight. UFC 183 will be one for the history books.