UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is arguably the best pound for pound fighter in the UFC, but is inarguably not paid like it. He has not main evented big pay per view television events, where points can add up to millions.
When a planned fight between UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and former titleholder T.J. Dillashaw fell through, Dillashaw called out Johnson. The UFC was excited about the fight and the storyline. However, Johnson said Dillashaw should wait his turn, and fight a contender contest first. Instead, Johnson wants to fight the unheralded Ray Borg, currently ranked #3 in the division. If Johnson wins that fight, he will break Anderson Silva’s record for successful title defenses.
UFC president Dana White was baffled by Johnson’s stance, calling it “insanity” and reminding the fighter that he is not the matchmaker.
Now Johnson has replied, in full.
For years I have been a company man and kept quiet, accepting fights, doing as they asked, and always remaining humble and grateful for the opportunities provided to me through mixed martial arts. This is how I was raised through the sport. Unfortunately, UFC’s mistreatment and bullying has finally forced me to speak out. I’ve decided to speak out now as I feel like my values and character as a person and a fighter are being tarnished by an organization I’ve done nothing but sweat and bleed for over the last 7 years of my life. If it takes me speaking up and encouraging other fighters to ban together to start getting fair treatment, then so be it.