Dana White Fires Back at Mighty Mouse
Demetrious Johnson recently made noise when he broke his silence about what he felt was mistreatment from the UFC brass. Mighty Mouse went on a lengthy rant, claiming how the UFC has not given him enough promotion, and how he was “angrily told” that he would be facing T.J. Dillashaw next, instead of Ray Borg which the company had “tyrannically demanded” him to do in the first place.
In a recent MMA Junkie interview, UFC president Dana White, who was also targeted in Johnson’s statement, finally responded. In a nutshell, he says he is not liking how the current flyweight champion and top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter has been acting.
“I’m not thrilled with Demetrious Johnson. You’re the pound-for-pound best in the world, T.J. Dillashaw challenges you – one of the best in the world, former world champion – and you flat out deny the fight, flat out say, ‘I won’t do it. I want Ray Borg.’”
“Who wouldn’t want to see Demetrious Johnson vs. T.J. Dillashaw?” White continued. "Dillashaw calling me every day: ‘I’m cutting weight. I’m cutting weight. I’m dieting. I’m training. I’m cutting weight. Do I got the fight? Do I got the fight?’ Ask T.J. Dillashaw next time you see him or you interview him. Calling me every day, chomping at the bit for the fight. You expect the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world to go, ‘Let’s do it.’”
Another concern that Johnson brought up was how he was supposedly told that the UFC was going to abolish the entire flyweight division. To this, White also had issued an answer.
“What I said to him was, ‘A couple of years ago, we were actually talking about getting rid of the division.’ There was never a threat to him, ‘Oh, we’re going to get rid of the division. That was complete bullsh-t, and 90 percent of what he came out and said was complete bullsh-t. Never did I say to him, ‘Hey, if you don’t do this, we’re going to get rid of your division.’ What I said to him was, ‘A couple of years ago, we were talking.’”
“I built an ‘Ultimate Fighter’ around you to try and build you,” White added. “He said he hasn’t been promoted. Who has defended that weight division more than me? I mean, I used to stand up in front of (the media) at the press conference going, ‘This kid is amazing. He’s unbelievable. He’s this. He’s that,’ which he is.”
“I’m not saying he’s not. But we’re in a spot now where you had the opportunity to really get out there. T.J. Dillashaw called you out. He’s one of the best in the world, and he’s a former world champion. Many people thought he won the fight against (Dominick) Cruz. And you flat out say, ‘I don’t want to fight this guy. I want this guy, I want to fight the No. 5 or No. 6 guy instead.”
In the end, White said he will make the Demetrious Johnson-Ray Borg fight happen, a fight which he is not expecting a good turn out from.
“You’re on the cusp of breaking the record and doing all this stuff, … and you’re talking about superfights and you want $2 million and all this other stuff. So I’m not thrilled about it,” White said. “But guess what? You want Ray Borg, we’ll give you Ray Borg. I don’t want to hear any (expletive) if it’s not the blockbuster event you expect it to be.”
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