The current, and only, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson has issued a lengthy statement in which he discusses the UFC’s negligence and ‘bullying’ towards him.
A series of images that displayed Johnson’s disagreement with the likes of UFC president Dana White and matchmakers Sean Selby and Mick Maynard first appeared on Reddit’s MMA page.
Currently on the verge of breaking the record for most consecutive UFC title defenses, ‘Mighty Mouse’ said that the UFC had offered him a fight against Ray Borg.
“UFC Matchmaker Mick Maynard called and offered the fight vs Ray Borg. I thought (Sergio) Pettis was a more marketable name and on a longer winning streak. Mick went back to dana, then came back and told us that I had no choice, it was going to be Ray Borg not Pettis, and there were no other options.”
That was until the former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw’s name floated into the conversation.
‘Mighty Mouse’ expressed his frustration with the refusal to acknowledge that Dillashaw may not be able to make the 125-pound weight limit, eliminating the possibility of breaking the record.
“First, TJ has never fought at Flyweight and is unlikely to make the weight. Second, they have already told me that a fight between Cody (Garbrandt) and I wouldn’t be sellable, so fighting TJ would have no monetary upside. Third, TJ is not a flyweight or a current champion in another weight class, and was KO’ed by the flyweight whom I beat twice already.”
Understandably reluctant to face an opponent who has never fought in his weight class before, Maynard told Johnson that they “guaranteed TJ would make weight.” However, as a backup, they assured that if for some reason Dillashaw couldn’t make the 125-pound weight limit, Borg would be on the card and could fill in for TJ if need be. Johnson spoke about the absurdity of the situation.
“We said, oh, then which one do I train for? I thought TJ guaranteed he was making weight, Is it a world championship with the #1 pound for pound fighter on earth, or an amateur tournament where I don’t know who I’m fighting until I get there. The fact that they said Ray will be a backup shows the lack of respect they have for what we go through in preparing for a fight at this level.”
On a larger scale, ‘Mighty Mouse’ addressed the lack of marketing and promotion of his division. Paying “very close attention” to the divisions around him, Johnson argued that outside of his fight against Tim Elliot at The Ultimate Fighter 24, it would be ‘hard-pressed’ to find much, if anything, that has been done to promote the #1 pound for pound fighter on the UFC roster.
As of now, it seems that the UFC is sticking to their somewhat stubborn decision of booking Johnson vs. Dillashaw with Borg as a backup for the fight. Denying Johnson any financial incentive if Dillashaw can’t make the walk to the octagon, Mighty Mouse concluded by saying this is “typical of the unfulfilled promises that has gone on through my UFC career.”
Gokhan Saki vs Khalil Rountree JR Added to UFC 219
Kickboxing superstar Gokhan Saki will make his return to the octagon just three months after his UFC debut, as he faces Khalil Rountree at UFC 219.
Saki (1-1 ) made a big statement at UFC Japan in September, knocking out Henrique de Silva with a devastating, statement making left hook.
Rountree (6-2) is a TUF-23 alumni. His UFC run started unsuccessfully losing two in a row including his TUF 23 contract fight. However, Rountree is now on a two-fight winning streak after picking up consecutive first round knockout victories against Paul Craig and Daniel Jolly.
After making his MMA debut in 2004, Saki signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC in May and was succesful in his return to the cage. Saki’s first round KO of de Silva earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) September 23, 2017
Neither Saki or Rountree are currently ranked in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, so a win at UFC 219 could most certainly push either of the two in the top fifteen at 205-pounds.
With the addition of Saki vs. Rountree, your current line-up for the UFC 219 card on December 30th is as follows:
Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
* Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree – Light heavyweight bout
Holloway vs Edgar set to headline UFC 218
UFC 218 is set to take place on Saturday, December 2nd, in Detroit, Michigan at the Little Caesars Arena and will be available on pay-per-view.
The event is now set to be headlined by Max Holloway’s first featherweight title defense since he won the belt at UFC 212 against the legendary Jose Aldo. In his first title defense, he will take in another MMA legend in New Jersey’s Frankie Edgar.
UFC 218 will mark Frankie Edgar’s third attempt at winning the featherweight crown, with his first two attempts coming against Jose Aldo at UFC 156 and UFC 200. Edgar will be looking to become a two-weight world champion, having previously been the UFC lightweight champion. He will once again attempt to join an elite group which includes Conor McGregor, B.J. Penn, and Randy Couture as the only fighters to have been champions in two weight divisions.
Edgar is a worthy contender but you have to feel that if Aldo had won at UFC 212 then Edgar may have waited a lot longer for his return to fight for a championship. But with a new champ and McGregor firmly out the picture, the featherweight division can thrive with some new match ups.
And what a matchup this is, as we get to see two incredible fighters with two different styles take each other on, in what could turn out to be one of the fights of the year.
The UFC 218 card is now shaping up nicely as the main event joins Francis Ngannou vs Alistair Overeem on the card. As well as several other bouts such as Alvarez vs Gaethje, Cejudo vs Pettis and Herrig vs Casey.
Will Holloway extend his unbeaten run to 12 fights or will Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar cement his legacy with his second UFC world title? The world will find out on December 2nd.
BREAKING: Carlos Condit Returns to Face Neil Magny at UFC 219
Carlos Condit is back. After almost two years away from the octagon, ‘The Natural Born Killer’ will fight Neil Magny at UFC 219 on December 30th.
Whilst Condit has been amid rumors of retirement ever since his first round submission loss to Demian Maia back in August of 2016, he will be returning to action after all.
Condit’s return was in question, but his recent action on Twitter sparked some noise, when he hinted at a possible return.
what's up big guy…? I'm wanting to fight in December or January… what say you!?
— Carlos Condit (@CarlosCondit) September 19, 2017
‘The Natural Born Killer’ is currently ranked 7th in the welterweight division, he will be facing Neil Magny on December 30th, 2017, which is on the weekend of New Year’s Eve.
This fight adds onto an already-stacked card that is UFC 219, which also includes the return of the former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, a rising contender in the strawweight division in Cynthia Calvillo, and Condit’s addition to the card only makes it better.
Both Condit and Magny will be looking to get back on the winning track in this fight. This fight delivers some mix-up in the division, and with Thompson and Masvidal matched up already in the top 5, this fight will give both fighters a great opportunity to jump right back into the title fight. Magny’s last fight was against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 215, where he lost in the first round via arm-triangle choke.
Now with the addition of Condit vs. Magny, here is the line-up so far for UFC 219.
- Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
- Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
- Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
- Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
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