Dillashaw: Mighty Mouse is Scared to Fight Me
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson finally spoke out yesterday, detailing his conflict with the UFC brass over their treatment of him in regards to him fighting TJ Dillashaw in August. The former bantamweight champ heard Johnson’s comments and has issued his own stern reply.
In Johnson’s statement, he revealed many details about his interactions with the UFC, specifically Dana White. According to ‘Mighty Mouse’, White has disrespected him a number of times since offering him a fight against Dillashaw rather than the planned bout against flyweight contender Ray Borg. White allegedly went as far as saying that if Johnson did not accept the fight with Dillashaw, he would close down the entire flyweight division.
Among Johnson’s complaints was the fact that Dillashaw has never made 125 lbs. in his professional career, meaning it would be a huge risk for the flyweight champion to accept the fight as his potentially record-breaking eleventh title defense. In an interview with ESPN’s Bret Okamoto, Dillashaw said that he understands some of Johnson’s frustrations with the UFC but that it ultimately comes down to Johnson’s fear of losing his belt.
“I understand where he’s coming from with some of it but a lot of it was a slap in the face to me as well,” said Dillashaw. “Trying to say that I don’t really deserve a title shot which I think is complete bullcrap. I don’t think there’s anybody in his weight class right now to push him and I’m healthy, I’m in shape, I’m already in the process – because Dana told me that’s who I’m fighting – of dropping the weight class. I’m waking up at 143 pounds in the morning so that’s a very, very reachable goal.
“So for him to go and discredit my name and the things that I’ve accomplished just to not be worthy of a title shot kind of pissed me off a little bit. And it’s kind of embarrassing to have him go and call himself the GOAT, to be the greatest of all time and turning down fights because he’s scared to fight. He can say whatever he wants to say about all his other issues he has and being bullied – which, I don’t understand how the greatest of all time gets bullied – but it all comes down to him being scared of me beating him. He knows that I’m a bad matchup for him and that it’s a fight that he does not want.”
Dillashaw, already in the midst of cutting his body weight down so he can properly make the flyweight limit of 125 lbs., believes that Johnson is deflecting from the true reason he doesn’t want to fight Dillashaw: it’s a risk. As ‘Mighty Mouse’ is the pound-for-pound number one fighter on the planet, Dillashaw says he should step up and face a tough opponent if he wants to keep that title.
“Don’t be scared. To me it’s like, you’re being a ***** about it. Tell the truth. You’re talking about how you don’t want to fight me for all these other reasons but really you don’t want to fight me because you’re scared. Guess what man, you’re the greatest of all time. Put it out there. This is gonna be a historical event for you to try to break your record, let’s make this the real deal. Let’s make it against an opponent that’s gonna sell some pay-per-views, that’s gonna be a big draw. It’s just frustrating to see him backpedalling from this and it’s embarrassing for the sport for the greatest of all time to be avoiding the fight the way he is.”