Former bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz believes the current pound for pound fighter on the planet, Demetrious Johnson would fare well against both TJ Dillashaw and the man who dethroned Cruz, Cody Garbrandt if he moved up a weight class for a champion vs champion super fight.
There has been some speculation regarding Johnson moving up a weight to bantamweight after his domination of the flyweight division. Mighty Mouse has been the flyweight champion since its inception in 2012 where he defeated Joseph Benavidez at UFC 152. Since winning the flyweight championship, Johnson has gone on to defend his crown a record equalling 10 times.
Dominick Cruz gave his thoughts on how he thinks Johnson would do after being only one of two men to hand Johnson a defeat on his record. “Realistically, and I mean this because I fought him, I think that he does great against both Cody and T.J. because I’ve seen their styles,” Cruz said on The MMA Hour this past week. “And I think that I beat him again.”
“With all those reasons and the style that he fights, I think that he’d be too quick for both T.J. and Cody,” Cruz said. “Now, do I think that they have more power and are stronger than him? Yes. But after watching the way Demetrious fought Wilson (Reis), you can see the difference in, he can change his style up according to each style that he faces and make the best win scenario for himself. And that’s something I’ve focused on my whole career. And I think that the speed he has and how tough he is to hit, and the fact that Cody or T.J. don’t really wrestle or grapple at all in their fights, I think that makes a good match-up for Demetrious.
“Now, real quick, T.J. did grapple his last fight, right? We saw him take down (John) Lineker and grind him out. The problem is, Lineker’s a stationary, power-throwing target. Demetrious Johnson moves his feet, flows nonstop, never stops moving, never sits still. The takedowns won’t be there the same. He’s much quicker than Lineker, so that would be the problem with those two gentlemen trying to wrestle Demetrious; whereas, me, I have a different game plan when I fight that guy, and I’ll never give it away.”
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