UFC 215: Demetrious Johnson Says UFC is Holding “Too Many” Events
By FCF Staff
Many fans and observers have argued in recent years that the UFC is promoting too many events, and the promotion’s flyweight champ agrees with that sentiment.
Demetrious Johnson is booked to defend the 125 title against Ray Borg this Saturday at UFC 215, which has been overshadowed by the recent Floyd Mayweather – Conor McGregor bout. In addition, Johnson has struggled to become one of the company’s top pay-per-view draws, despite the fact he’s widely regarded to be one of the greatest fighters of all time.
In advance of this Saturday’s card, Johnson was asked to comment on the attention the event is receiving, or lack thereof. While doing so, Johnson said this (quotes via MMA Mania):
“It’s so damn hard, there’s so many UFC fights,” Johnson said. “I was literally having breakfast and I was talking to one of the guys who works for UFC and I was like yo, you guys just got back from Rotterdam, are you getting ready to go back home to Las Vegas and relax?”
“He was like ‘No, I’m going to Pittsburgh.’ Pittsburgh? I’m like there’s a fight card next Saturday? He goes ‘Yeah!’ There’s just too many back to back, back to back, back to back. 16 [events] in 18 weeks. There’s just too many, you know?”
If Johnson defeats Borg on September 9th, he will set a new title defense record of 11. Currently “Mighty Mouse” is tied for title defenses with former middleweight champ, Anderson Silva.