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Demetrious Johnson campaigns to tie history on FOX in April

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UFC 186 Media Day Photos Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

LAS VEGAS — Demetrious Johnson is itching to fight again.

“My next fight is set to tie Anderson Silva's record for the most consecutive title fight defenses in UFC history,” Johnson told MMA Fighting on Thursday. “I put it out in the media and to UFC, immediately after my last fight, that I wanted to do it in Las Vegas in March. Unfortunately, the next guy in line was fighting in February, so it had to be pushed back. Ideally, I would like to do it in Las Vegas where family, friends and followers can attend and witness history being made, as I attempt to reach the greatest pinnacle in mixed martial arts, while remaining the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

“The next date the UFC matchmaker gave me is April 15 in Kansas City. I don't want to wait all the way until July for another Las Vegas card before I fight again, so west coast friends, family and followers would have to travel a little further, but Kansas City is doable, and I'm sure it's going to be a hungry crowd in attendance. I'm ready to do this on April 15 on Fox and pay my respects to one of the greatest fighters of all time by tying his record and joining him in history.”

The opponent Johnson is referring to is Wilson Reis, though the UFC has yet to outright say he’s the No. 1 flyweight contender.

Should Johnson win his next fight that will mark his tenth consecutive title defense, tying Anderson Silva’s record set as middleweight champion.

The UFC’s debut event in Kansas City will take place at the Sprint Center. Rose Namajunas vs. Michelle Waterson is currently scheduled to be one of the featured fights on the card, however, it is not currently slated to be the headlining act.

The UFC is expected to announce the main event in the coming days, and Johnson hopes he’ll get the call.