A attainable badembly with T.J. Dillashaw was the sticking level in one messy state of affairs between flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and UFC officers not that way back.
But with the developments of Saturday’s UFC 217 mega-event, a minimum of two gamers within the equation don’t see many impediments to creating it occur now.
That’s Dillashaw, as he made clear after UFC 217, and UFC President Dana White.
Back in June, Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) expressed his issues with the thought of Dillashaw (15-Three MMA, 11-Three UFC) – then the UFC’s former bantamweight champion – chopping the road in entrance of the remainder the flyweight division for a title shot. So the 125-pound kingpin insisted on badembly contender Ray Borg as a substitute.
After a second-round knockout win over Cody Garbrant (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) in Saturday’s pay-per-view co-headliner at Madison Square Garden Arena in New York, nevertheless, Dillashaw reclaimed the UFC bantamweight title. And Johnson, who pulled off one artful submission over Borg within the fifth spherical of their current UFC 216 co-headliner, nonetheless holds the 125-pound title.
T.J. Dillashaw after UFC 217 title win: Demetrious Johnson cannot run from me anymore
So, although White hadn’t talked to Johnson by the point he stood in entrance of media after UFC 217, he doesn’t see many the reason why “Mighty Mouse” wouldn’t be extra open to the struggle now.
“He’s been crying for a long time for a big fight,” White stated. “He’s got his big fight now. You know I’m down for it, because I wanted to do it before. But now it’s even better – because they both have belts.”
At the time of the falling out between Johnson and the promotion, the flyweight champ named a couple of the reason why he didn’t need to struggle Dillashaw. But contemplating he was open to a champion-vs.-champion tremendous struggle, which might then imply badembly Garbrandt, that’s one impediment now out of the way in which.
And a few of the different points that had been identified by Johnson had been additionally addressed by each White and Dillashaw. While the flyweight champ had his doubts about Dillashaw making the 125-pound restrict, the newly reinstated bantamweight titleholder says that, whereas it would contain considerably of a life-style change, it’s a doable one contemplating his course of to make 135 kilos now.
“The reason why I look so lean at 135 is the way I work,” Dillashaw stated. “I put muscle on to be at 135. I’m not a big (bantamweight). I walk around at 150, but I stack on, and I stay lean.”
Lastly, there’s the cash state of affairs. Johnson, who broke Anderson Silva’s title protection file with the win over Borg, has all the time stated that he’d be up for tremendous fights – so long as he acquired paid accordingly for them. At some level, the $2 million sum was introduced up.
White had a response for that one, too.
“He’s a partner in the pay-per-view,” White stated. “Let’s see what your pay-per-view does. You’re a companion. Let’s see what you make.
“Listen, you can’t be in a position where you’re like, ‘I want $2 million. (Expletive) you. I don’t care what you make. I don’t care how much this thing sells. I just want $2 million.’ Go tell your boss you want $2 million. You don’t give a (expletive) what it costs him. See what he says.”
For White’s full chat with reporters, take a look at the video above.
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