On Monday afternoon, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson announced he has signed a new eight-fight deal with the promotion. Johnson, who recorded his eighth consecutive title defense over Henry Cejudo at UFC 197, agreed to the new deal despite having two fights remaining on his current deal.
“I’ve signed a new eight-fight deal, I’m very excited to announce that,” Johnson said. “I think there’s great things to come in the future.”
While Johnson seems excited for what is next in his UFC career, it is only fair to wonder whether he ever considered testing the open market. According to the man known as “Mighty Mouse,” he did not.
“I think when fighters do that, they want to see what they’re worth, but at the same time, if they negotiate with the UFC, and they get what they like, there’s no point going and testing free agency,” Johnson said. “And the thing is, even Rampage Jackson said it before, nobody treats you better than the UFC.”
Johnson is now coming off of one of the most impressive wins of his career, so it will be interesting to see who he defends his title against next.
It could be intriguing to take super fights that would only increase his star power, but Johnson is most likely interested in shooting for the Anderson Silva’s UFC record ten consecutive title defenses.
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