After two straight losses, No. 9-ranked lightweight contender Michael Johnson is planning to switch weight classes.
During a Fan Q&A session ahead of the ceremonial weigh-ins for UFC Rotterdam on Friday morning, Johnson revealed he plans on making the move to the featherweight division with former champion Jose Aldo in his sights.
“I was thinking about making a comeback at 145 because I’ve fought everybody at the top 10 at 155 division. So, I think it’s time for me to see some new faces in the cage. Jose Aldo; he’s a great champion, so I’d love to go down to 145 and fight him,” Johnson said.
“Anytime, anywhere. Hopefully in December, I can go down to Brazil and fight him. I just love good exciting fights and he’s a guy I’d love to be in there with.”
Jim Edwards of MMAUno.com was on the scene and captured video of Johnson’s comments.
— Jim Edwards (@MMA_Jim) September 1, 2017
Johnson’s most recent Octagon appearance came in July when he was TKO’d by UFC newcomer Justin Gaethje in the TUF 25 Finale. His bout before that was a submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov.
While Johnson’s record (17-12) isn’t eye-popping, he’s been competing against the top tier of 155-pounders for the past few years.
Whether a move to featherweight ends up being successful remains to be seen, but it could be exactly what Johnson needs to get back in the win column.
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