Dana White to UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson: ‘You don’t make the fights around here, I do’


Former bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw wants to move down to flyweight to stop 125-pound champ Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson from breaking Anderson Silva’s record of consecutive title defenses. But even though TJ has won two straight since losing his 135-pound strap to Dominick Cruz in Jan. 2016, “Mighty Mouse” said he would rather fight No. 3 ranked Ray Borg who is 5-2 inside the octagon since making his promotional debut in 2014.

UFC President Dana White though says the UFC has other plans and wants to book Johnson vs. Dillashaw for August. The UFC Prez spoke about it on the new UFC Unfiltered podcast. “I have a fight with Demetrious Johnson where he’s on his way to break the record – Anderson Silva’s record for most title defenses,” White stated. “And T.J. Dillashaw can’t fight Cody ‘No Love’ because Cody screwed up his back, and Cody won’t be back for a while. He’s like, ‘I can make this weight (125-pounds), and I’m going to stop him from breaking that record.’ … T.J. is going to go down to 125 to fight D.J. to stop him from breaking the record, but D.J. doesn’t want to fight him.”

When questioned why Demetrious didn’t want the fight, White said, “Tell me, you tell me. It’s insanity. … Unfortunately for D.J., you don’t make the fights around here. I do. (Johnson vs. Dillashaw is) the fight we’re pushing for.”

White also stated that “Mighty Mouse”, for the first time in his career, would get a share of the pay-per-view revenue in a fight against Dillashaw and that it’s the first real fight of his that people will care about and want to see on pay-per-view. So it’s even more perplexing to White why Demetrious doesn’t want the fight. It remains to be seen if White can actually get the deal done and if he will genuinely be able to force DJ’s hand. It takes two to fight and DJ has been the reigning and undisputed king at 125-pounds since he won the inaugural UFC belt with a split decision over Joseph Benavidez at UFC 152 in 2012. Right now DJ is tied with Anderson Silva with 10 successful title defenses. One more will seal the deal as “Mighty Mouse” being the most dominant champion in UFC history. Will his next fight be against Borg or Dillashaw?

Stay tuned.

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