Demetrious Johnson was set to make a record setting defense at UFC 215 in Edmonton. Yet, when he touched down in Alberta last week he ended up without a fight, and potentially without a check.
Johnson was supposed to face Ray Borg in the UFC 215 main event Saturday night. But last Thursday, Borg withdrew from the bout due to illness and there was no time to find Johnson a last-second opponent.
If the man known as Mighty Mouse won, he would have set the UFC’s record for most consecutive title defenses beating out Anderson Silva who had 10. Johnson would have also walked away with not only his negotiated pay, but a win bonus, as of now he has not gotten a check or any assurances that it will be coming.
Johnson said his representatives at First Round Management are currently working with the UFC to figure that out. The fighter and Twitch streamer said UFC officials told him they don’t usually pay athletes when they’ll be able to turn around quickly and the hope is that Johnson vs. Borg will be rebooked for UFC 216 on Oct. 7 in Las Vegas. UFC fighters primarily only get paid when they fight.
“Usually if it’s a quick turnaround, then typically they do not pay the athletes… Hopefully they do make things happen on Oct. 7, if it’s possible, then I can get a pay check. As far as I’m concerned, my black ass should be going to the bank and depositing a check right now and taking my kids to school. But that’s not the case right now.”
Johnson, 31, said he heard Thursday night from UFC counsel Hunter Campbell that Borg would be unable to fight. . One of the first things out of his mouth in response, Johnson said, was a question about his purse.
“Don’t get me wrong,” he said. … “When they said, ‘Stop cutting weight,’ and the first thing I said, I said, ‘How the f*ck do I get my money? Do I need to finish cutting weight, step on the scale, so I can get my pay check?’ Because I just trained eight weeks for this.”
“I didn’t get a pay check, so I’m still searching for my pay check,” Johnson said. “They said I have to fight and make weight Oct. 7. Then I’m coming to fight and collecting cash.”