UFC president Dana White has made it clear he is not happy with flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson for attempting to turn down an opportunity to defend his title against TJ Dillashaw.
“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 explained on the UFC Unfiltered podcast. “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, 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.”
Needless to say White is not best pleased by this.
Unfortunately for D.J., you don’t make the fights around here. I do. This is the fight we’re pushing for.
“This is the first fight ever in D.J.’s history that he actually gets pay-per-view. He gets pay-per-view on this one, and this is the first real fight that people will care about and want to see on pay-per-view, and he is refusing to fight T.J. Dillashaw.
“What’s [Borg] ranked – like 5 or 6? T.J. Dillashaw is a former world champion, coming down from the weight class above who’s next in line for the title shot there. Absolutely he’s next in line [at flyweight], if that’s what he wants. … It’s nothing against Ray Borg.”