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Who’s Next For Mighty Mouse?

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Yesterday UFC president Dana White announced that Cody Garbrandt vs. TJ Dillashaw at UFC 213 on July 8 was off due to Garbrandt’s back injury.

Dillashaw will instead fight Demetrious Johnson in August.

“After his last round of treatment in Germany, they told him he’d need four weeks to rest,” said White. “That would have put him two weeks out from the fight. With Cody out, we’re going to make T.J. versus Mighty Mouse [Johnson]. That’s the plan.”

If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.

Dillashaw anticipated the cancellation of the Garbrandt fight when news of the back injury first surfaced and has been campaigning for a fight vs. UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. There are a couple of problems with the scenario.

One, the sport is moving away from extreme cutting, and Dillashaw has never made the weight before. A title shot for someone with no demonstrated ability to make the weight would be highly unusual. Second, Ray Borg is next in line for a title shot at 125, as despite his #3 ranking, DJ has already handily beaten #1 and #2.

The former world champion Dillashaw tweeted out a poll, something the unheralded Borg could not hope to win.

“Would you rather see @MightyMouseUFC headline Seattle and fight Me or @tazmexufc ?

Borg responded reasonably, as Dillashaw did in return.
“@TJDillashaw@MightyMouseUFC Lol of course fans are going to choose you, look at how much more established you are than me.”
However, Borg’s title shot is potentially problematic as well. The fighter has missed weight in two of his last seven fights. He responded to those concerns on his social network and said if the Johnson fight is not available, he will take Wilson Reis.
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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.