Johnny Case suffered his first UFC defeat recently at UFC Fight Night 85 in Brisbane, Australia, and he's already looking to rebound.
Rather than stepping back into the UFC Octagon, though, Case wants to test his skills in a different realm – reality television.
"Oh, for sure, 'The Bachelorette,' is interesting to me," Case said. "I think it’d be awesome exposure, and, dude, [this season's bachelorette] JoJo [Fletcher] is really hot. It’s a win-win. What better way to keep building my fan base and keep building my career than to get on 'The Bachelorette' and try to pick up a super hot chick in the process?"
While the hit ABC show already began filming on March 16, Case and his team say they've been in contact with the producers, and there's a chance the five-fight UFC veteran could make his way onto the cast.
"I heard it's still the beginning stages of filming, [and there is] a week, week and a half of adjustments until they really get to filming," Case said.
Outside of fighting, the 26-year-old mixed martial artist said he has no experience on TV, but he still welcomes the opportunity to progress through the show and to spark a relationship with the 25-year-old Fletcher. As the father of two young boys, Case (22-5) understands the opportunity at hand.
"I’ll play the game as the game’s meant to be played, you know?" Case said. "I’ll take it seriously and I’ll just go in there and just be me and try to woo this girl whether she plays the game or not. I’ll just try to charm her pants off."
And while Case's career as a professional fighter may place a target on his back should he make it onto the show, the Power MMA product welcomes any peacocking by the cast members – even if he doesn't necessarily recommend it.
"They better not [try to act tough] because I’ll f*cking slap a motherf*cker in his face," Case laughed. "But I kind of would assume that, yeah, [they’ll try]. In today’s day and age, most guys are little catty bitches anyway, trying to talk sh*t and play chick games. I can kind of see something happening, but I don’t know. I don’t think I’d start anything, and I’d sure as hell try not to add fuel to the fire."
Regardless of what shakes out with "The Bachelorette," Case says his attention ultimately remains on fighting. His recent third-round submission loss to Jake Matthews only motivates him to polish his skill set, and he looks forward to the next opportunity to flex his improvements for fans across the globe.
"Every time you get in there, it’s a positive, man," Case said. "I learned – immediately – as soon as I lost that fight, I knew what I did wrong, and I’ll never make that same mistake again. I lost that fight not because Jake Matthews was better. I lost that fight because I made a mistake and Jake Matthews capitalized on it. No matter if there’s 15 seconds, if there’s five minutes, if there’s two seconds, you have to protect yourself like he’s going to go after you and put you away. Lesson learned.
"I’m going to come back. The loss didn’t do anything but motivate me and make me want to get back in the gym and get better and come back and prove to everybody that I still belong in the top 10...I know what I want to do, and fighting is what I want to do."