He may be the best fighter in the world at 125 pounds, and perhaps one of the pound-for-pound best, but Demetrious Johnson – a.k.a. “Mighty Mouse” – has never found footing with the fans. It’s sad, but that’s just the way it is.
Which made it a little baffling that he had no problems putting the kibosh on a potential superfight between him and TJ Dillashaw, the former champ of the bantamweight division. Since he’s cleaned his division out of formidable challengers, wouldn’t Mighty Mouse want a match-up that moved the needle even just a little bit?
Apparently, the answer is no. Also, he’s having some issues with the UFC right now.
As per MMAFighting:
According to Johnson, White replied that the UFC wants to make that fight and Dillashaw wants it. Johnson said White asked why he was denying Dillashaw the opportunity. That, Johnson told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, set “Mighty Mouse” off.
“You done f*cked up,” Johnson said of his thoughts at the time. “I’m done.”
Johnson believes he’s looking out for his own career and owes nothing to Dillashaw. He said he was stunned that White would ask him to put Dillashaw over himself.
“F*ck that,” Johnson said. “This isn’t TJ Dillashaw’s career. This is my career. This is how it’s going to f*cking happen.”
Since then, Johnson said he’s had some back and forth through his manager and coach Matt Hume and personally with UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard. One of the most recent things Maynard relayed to Johnson’s team, per Johnson, is that the UFC will fold the flyweight division if he doesn’t take the fight against Dillashaw.
“Mighty Mouse” said he’s ready to call the UFC’s bluff.
“I said close the mother f*cking division then,” Johnson said. “Because if somebody is willing to do that, that just shows you that they have no interest whatsoever of working with the champion. I never missed weight, always showed up on time, did all of my interviews on fight week, traveled to Australia in coach two times for the flyweight division. I’ve done a lot.”