Johnson On Why Dillashaw Fight Never Happened
During Tuesday’s media conference call, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson confirmed that he did accept a fight with T.J. Dillashaw.
The two were nearing a fight in April, with the bantamweight and flyweight champions squaring off in a superfight, but Johnson would soon get injured.
“I accepted the fight, I got injured, I had surgery, and they never offered it to me after I got injured,” Johnson said during Tuesday’s UFC 227 media conference call, per MMA Junkie’s Mike Bohn. “When they offered it to me I accepted, I got injured and got surgery, and then when it came time to fight again, from my understanding, from my management’s point of view, T.J. got offered to fight Cody (Garbrandt) with a brand new deal, so God bless him for getting a new deal to fight Cody.
“So the entire lead-up to this fight, even in July, I was never offered to fight T.J. Dilllashaw. Before I got injured I was up for fighting him, then they moved on and went with Cody and T.J.”
Yet, if Johnson can beat Henry Cejudo, and Dilashaw can stop rival Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227, the fight still has a chance… if the money is right.
“If the money’s right,” he said. “I’ve always been up front about these super fights. Everyone keeps asking me. If the money’s not there and the compensation’s not there, then I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing. It’s obviously up to my management to make that happen. My management knows what I want, the UFC knows what I want and for me, I just show up and fight the No. 1 contender in the flyweight division and will continue to do that until something comes to my table that’s appetizing.”
Report: MMA Junkie