Alexandre Pantoja dreams of fighting Demetrius Johnson: “He’s the GOAT”

Alexandre Pantoja expresses his strong urge to fight Demetrius Johnson.

by Aryan Lakhani
Alexandre Pantoja dreams of fighting Demetrius Johnson: “He’s the GOAT”
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The UFC flyweight champion Alexandre Pantoja has a dream opponent who is none other than the former UFC fighter Demetrius Johnson. In Pantoja’s eyes, Demetrius Johnson is a ‘GOAT’; if not a professional bout, Pantoja would be more than pleased to settle his desire with a sparring session.

However, Pantoja's idol wasn't very impressed with his recent performance against Steve Erceg.

Alexandre Pantoja may most likely fight Mohammad Mokaev next.

Alexandre Pantoja on fighting Demetrius Johnson

Recently on The MMA Hour, Alexandre Pantoja shared his thoughts on fighting Demetrius Johnson.

“He’s the GOAT. How can I not say that?” Pantoja said, as quoted by “I think right now, I think [with] two title defenses, I can speak a little bit about that [fight], because I have huge respect for Demetrious Johnson.

I can’t try to compare myself with him. And I think right now I can say something, I have more [credentials] to put on the table [than before], and I think that’s a dream for me. I don’t like to say I have dreams, because I want to live everything I have in my life.

I think to live is better [than] to dream, you know? But if I’m dreaming of something, it’s a fight with Demetrious Johnson. If he doesn’t [want the] fight, maybe I go to the gym and train with him or [have] a hard sparring [session with him]? I don’t know. But I have so much respect for him”.