Dana White’s “Not Thrilled” With Demetrious Johnson
By FCF Staff
Following a period where Demetrious Johnson shot down the UFC’s plans to have him fight TJ Dillashaw, and accused the promotion of mistreating him, Dana White’s reporting he’s “not thrilled” with the champ.
White hoped to have Dillashaw fight Johnson at an event this summer, but the flyweight champ argued that the former bantamweight champ needs to score a win at 125, before receiving a title shot. The disagreement sparked a back-and-forth in the media, whereby, Johnson proceeded to accuse White of bullying him.
The UFC President spoke with MMA Junkie this week, and while doing so, he said this about Johnson:
“I’m not thrilled with Demetrious Johnson,” White said. “You’re the pound-for-pound best in the world, T.J. Dillashaw challenges you – one of the best in the world, former world champion – and you flat out deny the fight, flat out say, ‘I won’t do it. I want Ray Borg.’
“Who wouldn’t want to see Demetrious Johnson vs. T.J. Dillashaw? Dillashaw calling me every day: ‘I’m cutting weight. I’m cutting weight. I’m dieting. I’m training. I’m cutting weight. Do I got the fight? Do I got the fight?’ Ask T.J. Dillashaw next time you see him or you interview him. Calling me every day, chomping at the bit for the fight. You expect the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world to go, ‘Let’s do it.’”
If Johnson is victorious in his next bout, he’ll set a new title defense record for the UFC, at 11.