Demetrious Johnson releases statement. Claims Dana White threatened to scrap 125 pound division.

The following is a statement released by UFC flyweight champion, Demetrious Johnson. More details are expected when Johnson joins the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani.

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 seven 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.

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 the command from Dana and company. This would mean that my only chance at PPV points at flyweight was vs. Ray Borg. I said OK, but it’s not fair to make that my only chance at PPV points, when Cody Garbrandt is saying he wants to come down and fight me at flyweight, which was the fight I wanted. We told Mick that to be fair we would take the fight, but [we] want PPV points for future fights at flyweight. Mick agreed and said it was fair and didn’t see any problem with that situation. Mick spoke to Dana and [UFC matchmaker] Sean Shelby, who then told him to deny giving me any future PPV points for all of my future flyweight fights. Further, I still had to fight Ray Borg and they were giving me no other choice. I accepted the fight with Ray and decided to deal with the unfair situation and despicable treatment by Dana and Sean after I succeed in breaking the consecutive title fight defense record in my next fight vs. Borg. Mick thanked me for accepting the fight, knowing that I was being screwed over and mistreated by Dana and Sean.

I wanted a reason for not being allowed any future PPV points. Sean Shelby called and told us how smaller fighters don’t sell, that UFC can’t make stars of anyone, and that a fight between Cody and I wouldn’t be a sellable fight. We disagreed. I think a fight between Cody and I would be popular if it was even given a small serving of the marketing efforts put into other big fights.

UFC has failed to market and promote me appropriately. Prior to my last fight, where I tied the record for the most consecutive successful title defenses, we waited to re-post UFC’s social media posts about me from their Facebook page. There weren’t any posts until a few days into fight week, then, there were a total of two posts. In comparison to others who they promote across their social media platforms, they failed to do their job in promoting me and that monumental event. In my recent conversations, Sean and Dana have confirmed UFC’s lack of desire to put any effort into promoting us.

In addition to the above, I want to address the lack of marketing and promotion of the flyweight division, even though Dana will claim otherwise. I would challenge that the UFC doesn’t even market the division. It’s been three years since the UFC launched three new divisions in two years (2012 to 2014) where they focused most of their marketing efforts to grow female mixed martial arts, which I understand. But, we are now three years post-launch, and the company continues to do the bare minimum in marketing the division well past the launch of these other divisions. As a fighter, I pay very close attention to the amount of marketing that goes into and around my fights and I can tell you that you’d be hard pressed to find much that has been done to promote me outside of TUF 24, which was minimal in comparison to other fights, fighters and shows. With me, the UFC chooses not to market the best fighter in the world and arguably the greatest fighter of all time. I can’t think of any other sports organization in the world that has the best player in the sport where the league, or the organization, doesn’t market that player to their loyal fan base to sell more of their product. Look at my track record for showing up to fights. Look at my track record of finishing fights. Look at my track record of getting fight night bonuses. Ask yourself if you think that if the UFC decided to truly put marketing dollars behind me that they couldn’t sell me or my fights.

Completely unrelated — and after the accepted fight vs. Ray Borg — Cody Garbradt injured his back and TJ Dillashaw said he wanted to fight me. Dana told me he wanted me to fight TJ, which I disagreed with for multiple reasons. First, TJ has never fought at flyweight and is unlikely to make the weight, which would then eliminate the possibility of breaking the title defense record. Second, they have already told me that a fight between Cody 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. Last, Ray Borg and I already agreed to the fight, which UFC tyrannically demanded, while denying me any future PPV points.

After telling Dana my reasons, Dana angrily told me that I am fighting TJ, once again, with no other option or say in my career, and against the plans we had previously laid out. He went on further to say that if I didn’t take the fight against TJ, and drop Borg as the opponent, he would get rid of the entire flyweight division. He said, this is for TJ and I’m taking away TJ’s opportunity. That fact that he feels that what I should do in my career is for TJ, tells where his priority lies.

Sorry Dana, my career is about Demetrious Johnson and my goals of fighting the best current flyweights, breaking the record of title defenses, going after the bantamweight champion after I have broken the record, and making money for my family. My career is not about doing for Dana’s buddy, who is neither a bantamweight champion or flyweight contender. We ended by disagreeing and left it there. The next day, Dana went to the media and announced that I was fighting TJ Dillashaw, in an obvious attempt to bully me in the media and tarnish my reputation. I posted a short statement letting people know that I had not agreed to the TJ fight, but had already agreed to fight Ray Borg, as demanded by UFC.

Dana put up an interview stating that it was “insane” that I didn’t want to fight TJ, that “he makes the matches and that is the match he is making,” and, “You tell me why DJ doesn’t want to fight TJ,” trying to make it as though I am scared or ducking TJ Dillashaw.

Mick spoke to me to try to change the offer from Ray to TJ. I told Mick that I thought TJ should fight once in the division first, prove he can make the weight and get a win at that weight, then fight me if I wasn’t already busy with Cody. Mick agreed that it made the most sense.

Later Mick called again, as mandated by Dana, to try to make the fight with TJ and drop Ray. We told him that we didn’t think TJ would make the weight and the fight would be off since it would no longer be a title fight without TJ making weight. Mick said they guaranteed that TJ would make weight. We told him that since it was guaranteed by TJ and UFC was demanding and putting me in a bad circumstance, then it is fair that if TJ didn’t make weight, the fight would be off and I would still get my guarantee, plus TJ’s guaranteed pay. Mick said that Ray would be on the card and he could fill in if TJ didn’t make weight. 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 No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter on earth, or an amateur tournament where I don’t know who I’m fighting until I get there. Obviously there was no guarantee and they just wanted to push me to do something that they knew wasn’t a good choice for my career. The “guarantees” that they made had nothing to back them up and they were unwilling to give a real guarantee to compensate me for all the damage I put on my body preparing for a fight that may not happen. 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.

Mick went back to Dana and Sean, then came back and told us that they don’t agree with my request and I have to fight TJ with no guarantee to make weight or financial incentive if he doesn’t make weight. This is typical of the unfulfilled promises and bullying that has gone on through my UFC career.

In summary:

I agreed to their tyrannical demand to fight Ray Borg and Ray also agreed.

UFC has refused to give me PPV points on any future flyweight bouts, and has never given me any PPV points on previous bouts. My request was fair and the matchmaker in charge of the flyweight and bantamweight division agreed.

I gave UFC fair conditions to change the fight to TJ Dillashaw and they refused.

Dana and Sean have told me that they have no interest in marketing me or the smaller divisions, so when they say that I will make PPV money vs. Dillashaw, they leave out the fact that I have to hit certain numbers of buys, which will not be hit if they fail in marketing me like they have in my previous fights.

If TJ doesn’t make weight, I can’t break the record for the most consecutive title defenses and they have denied paying me in that circumstance.

Dana has made an effort to bully me in the media as well as in private, in order to get what he wants, even though it is not what is best for me or the sport.

If Dana says this will be a big PPV fight for me, and that they will promote it properly, then he can pay for it up front and explain to Ray Borg why he is being taken out of the fight that the UFC matchmaker in charge of the division put him in. Otherwise, it is just another lie and attempt to bully me to do something that Dana wants, but is not the right thing to do for the sport or my career.

UFC’s track record in making an effort to promote my fights, and Dana’s claim that this is a big chance for PPV dollars for me tells a different story than what Dana is stating to the public.

Ed Herman VS C.B Dollaway set for TUF 25 Finale.

Ed Herman pulled out of a fight back on UFC 209 with an unknown injury, Herman announced recently he’s signed another fight with C.B Dollaway.

The fight will be held on Friday, July 7, on The Ultimate Fighter Redemption Finale. We Haven’t saw C.B since he was forced to pull out of a fight back in September 2016, due to a malfunctioning elevator. This left C.B with a back injury.

Other fights announced for that card are Angela Hill vs Ashley Yoder, Jessica Eye vs Aspen Ladd & Marcel Fortuna vs Jordan Johnson.

Below you can find a podcast I had with C.B Dollaway, we talk about the Elevator incident and his new match up with ED Herman. Lots more

http://www.spreaker.com/user/mostlymma/mostly-mma-podcast-15-cb-dollaway

Here’s how you can get a month of Fight Pass Free, without a credit card.

Step one, do not use the UFC Ap, use your regular browser.

Step two, go to this website https://www.ufc.tv/page/fightpass

Step 3, Click on get free 7 day trial ( yeah I know I said a month, keep going )

Step 4, click sign up with Facebook or Email. If you have previously done the free trial thing use a new email address.

Step 5, scroll past the credit card info.

Step 6, type in Stockholm

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Step 7, Enjoy.

Joe Rogan gives his opinion about why the fans gave Ronda Rousey so much heat, in her last two fights.

On an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Joe discussed some of his opinions about why Ronda Rousey took so much heat from the fans, during her last two fights.

“I mean that same thing (mentality) is probably why she’s not fighting anymore. Her animosity and her emotions were so riding on that thing,” Rogan said.

“And then when she lost and she lost again in devastating fashion, that’s also the reason why there was so much backlash.

“Whereas someone is really loved, like Randy Couture (doesn’t get that). Randy Couture would lose a fight and no one would talk (trash about him).”

“I’m sure someone would talk trash about him, but no one’s opinion of him differed when he lost because he’s such a good guy and because when he won after the fight, he’d always pick the guy up and shake their hand and hug them, he was always a gentleman.”

You can’t blame Ronda for being a bad loser, you don’t become a champion by being ok with losing. Ronda has not announced her retirement but Dana White and others believe she won’t be back.

You have to wonder how fights with Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes could have went, if Ronda could have went for the clinch early. In both fights Ronda had taken some big shots before being able to get the clinch.

Jorge Masvidal’s street fight videos.

You saw him take on Damien Maia at UFC 211. Well here you can see him in a couple back yard street fights. You can see where Jorge Masvidal got the name Gamebred from. The second fight is the same guy, Jorge fought him again in a rematch.

And here’s the rematch

GSP VS Bisping is off. Yoel is next.

After hearing the fans complaints about the long wait and probably even hearing the fighters, and their pleas for an interim title. Dana White has decided to call off the title fight between GSP and Bisping, giving Yoel Romero the very next title shot at middleweight.

“I made this ‘GSP’ fight – we did a press conference. The thing was supposed to happen in July. Michael Bisping is going to have to defend his title now. We’re not waiting for ‘GSP,’” White told FOX Sports Australia’s UFC Fight Week. “Georges St-Pierre was coming back. Bisping and St Pierre – they both wanted that fight. We asked Yoel to step aside. He did. It doesn’t look like that fight is gonna happen now.” Dana White told MMA Junkie.

Looks like maybe Yoel will get to give Michael his go fund me money after all. One questions this comes to mind as far as GSP is concerned, will he still attempt to move up to 185 now that his title shot is gone?

UFC official says Al Iaquinta still on bonus ban.

Al Iaquinta is riding a 5 fight winning streak and fresh off a first round knock out on Diego Sanchez. It was a very impressive performance, Al become angry when he didn’t get a bonus for his performance. Leading Al to take to twitter to let out his frustration with the UFC. His fight with Diego was the first of 3 fights where he is banned from a bonus opportunity

It’s no secret that Al isn’t a happy camper if you have been following his Twitter page. While he may not be winning any employee of the year awards, he has certainly gained momentum with the fans.

There are apparently three different situations that has led to Al Iaquinta not being elligible for Bonus money. 1, he destroyed a hotel room after his Joe Lauzon fight. 2. He let out cuss words on live TV after his fight with Jorge Masvidal. 3. He didn’t show up to the 2015 UFC fighter Summit.

Al also complicated things during his time away from the UFC. He said he had to beg the UFC to cover his knee surgery, the anonymous UFC official had this to say about the surgery.

“It was a chronic injury, and since it was a chronic injury and not something that happened while training or fighting for us, the insurance denied it,” a UFC official told MMAjunkie. “There were also a number of alternatives that could have been done that would have been covered, but Al insisted on using a specific surgeon back east. The UFC paid tens of thousands of dollars to cover that out of our pocket without any obligation to do so since it was a chronic injury, which means it happened over years and years and years.

“Mr. Iaquinta never once called the medical team or (UFC President) Dana (White) to say thank you. Instead, he talks about how he had to beg for it, which is not true. … We agreed to do it. We paid for it. The entire medical team assisted through his surgeon getting this done and getting it paid, and Al never once called anyone to thank them. Instead he goes out on the Internet and says he had to beg for it, which is absolutely, 100 percent false. That’s a lie.”

“The stories he’s telling are not true,” the official told MMAjunkie. “The premise for his whole beef is not accurate, and I think he’s trying to justify the fact that he thinks he should still get bonuses.”

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Kelvin Gastelum vows to never fight in Brazil again. Win over turned.

Kelvin Gastelum’s fight night sample for his fight with Vitor Belfort returned positive for THC, which is a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish above the 180 ng/mL allowance by the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) standard.

As a result of the failed test, Kelvin will serve a 90-day suspension retroactive to March 11, the date he fought Vitor Belfort. He is also being fined 20% of his purse and his win over Vitor Belfort is being over turned.

The Brazilian courts also stated that Gastelum will not likely face any additional penalties from USADA as part of the settlement agreement. Kelvin isn’t happy and vows to never fight in Brazil again.

He was scheduled to take on Anderson Silva at UFC 212, in Brazil. No word yet if we will see the fight rescheduled. Anderson has stated recently that he will retire if he doesn’t get a interim title shot against Yoel Romero. Dana white has already said that isn’t going to happen.

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The winner of TUF 26 will be the new women’s flyweight champion.

TUF 26 just became interesting. The Winner of the 26th season of The Ultimate Fighter will be crowned as the women’s new flyweight champion. This will be the 4th women’s division in the UFC.

It looks like all the women on the UFC roster can throw their name in the hat for consideration, and those who are not. The try outs are some time at the end of May.

The current season of The Ultimate Fighter is a season featuring redemption. With another season of TUF already planned, It’s good to see that those old rumors of TUF possibly going off the air were false.

The Ultimate Fighter has been going strong for years, introducing us to all kinds of top talent. It’s been a great platform for fighters to showcase what they can do and work their way to a contract, or a championship.

Silva wants Yoel, but only for the Interim Title, or he is done.

Anderson Silva is training and wanting to fight June 3rd, on the UFC card in Brazil. He was originally suppose to fight Kelvin Gastelum. Kelvin was pulled from the card. Anderson has his eye on Yoel Romero, a top contender. It’s the biggest fight Anderson can get to put him in title contention.

The middleweight champion Michael Bisping will be taking on GSP sometime in the future. Anderson Silva appeared on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, he had this to say about a potential match up with Top middleweight contender Yoel Romero, and about his potential reitirement.

“The guys (UFC) no give this fight for me for the interim belt, I’m done. I’ll go be with my family. I’m done,” Silva said

“This is perfect bullsh-t. I’m tired. I’m so tired. I’m respectful long time. Everything, I never talk about bad situations in UFC.

I think I’m done. I fight for long time in my life. And I’m tired, bro. I’m so upset. “I have my legacy, I have my story,” Silva continued. “It’s very frustrating, because this is the second time I’m not fighting in my country.”

 Yoel Romero also had this to say to the MMA Hour  “Only for the interim championship,” Romero told “The MMA Hour.” “It’s a good option, you know.”

Even though The UFC has been handing out interim titles like Halloween candy as of late, Dana White has stated on several occasions that he does not want to create an interim title for the middleweight division. Lets see if the retirement threats change Dana Whites mind.