Demetrious Johnson wants to defend his belt at UFC 196. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Less than a month removed from his most recent title defense, Demetrious Johnson already has a date in mind for his Octagon return.
According to a report from UFC Tonight, the reigning flyweight king is targeting a spot on the promotion’s traditional Super Bowl weekend card. That event, which was recently announced as UFC 196, takes place on Feb. 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. No bouts have been announced for the card.
While Johnson did not mention an opponent for the event, one potential contender could be out of the mix should “Mighty Mouse” get his wish. Shortly after the Nevada Athletic Commission suspended Nick Diaz for five years in relation to a positive marijuana test at UFC 183, Henry Cejudo told MMAFighting.com that he would boycott fighting in Nevada as a result of that ruling.
Regardless of whether he lives up to that vow, Cejudo is not a guaranteed No. 1 contender. The Olympic gold medalist must get by Jussier da Silva at UFC Fight Night "Brown vs. Gastelum" in Monterrey, Mexico, on Nov. 21 before he can be considered for a title shot.
Johnson, meanwhile, has established himself as one of the sport’s most dominant champions. The Matt Hume protégé scored a ive-round verdict in his rematch with John Dodson at UFC 191 on Sept. 5, his seventh consecutive championship defense. Two of Johnson’s last three title defenses have occurred in Las Vegas.