After Demetrious Johnson submitted Wilson Reis at UFC on Fox 24 to tie Anderson Silva’s record for most UFC title defenses, the talk turned to whether Johnson is the greatest fighter of all time and who he would face next to break the record. Ostensibly, the next man in line for a title shot was third-ranked flyweight Ray Borg. But when bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt pulled out of his scheduled fight with former champ T.J. Dillashaw, Dillashaw campaigned for the next flyweight title shot.
Unfortunately for the UFC, Johnson wasn’t too keen on the idea and the most recent episode of the UFC Unfiltered podcast, UFC President Dana White responded to Johnson’s disinterest in the Dillashaw “superfight.”
“D.J. doesn’t want to fight him,” said White. “Why? It’s insanity. This is the first fight ever in D.J.’s history that he actually gets pay-per-view [points]. He gets pay-per-view on this one and this is the first real fight people will care about and want to see on pay-per-view and he is refusing to fight T.J. Dillashaw.”
Johnson has said that he doesn’t want to fight Dillashaw, who has never competed in the 125-pound division, and would instead like to fight Borg who he views as the next legitimate title challenger. White takes umbrage with that stances, saying that he has no problem with Borg but that Dillashaw is clearly a more worthy title challenger for Johnson.
“If you look at Ray Borg right now, what’s he ranked five or six? The guy’s ranked five or six. 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 if that’s what he wants.”
Apparently with the title fight against Garbrandt now off the table, Johnson is the fight that Dillashaw wants next. And though Johnson doesn’t want the fight and is the champion, White says he’s the President of the UFC and that what he wants is the most important thing and that he’s with Dillashaw.
“At the end of the day, you know how I am with that stuff, unfortunately for D.J. you don’t make the fights around here - I do. So that’s the fight we’re pushing for. That’s the fight. I talked to T.J. Dillashaw yesterday. That’s the fight he wants, he’s ready, he’s already cutting weight.”
Dillashaw has never fought at 125 pounds before but it appears he will have to be able to do so by UFC 215 in August, the date the UFC appears to be targeting for the title bout.
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