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

Germaine de Randamie dealing with personal issues. Management says retirement rumors are false

Earlier in the week rumors came out that Germaine de Randamie, the women’s featherweight champion was considering retirement. Her manager has responded to those rumors

“She’s got things going on at home and stuff going on at police academy,” Brian Butler-Au of Suckerpunch Entertainment today told MMAjunkie. “The UFC’s aware of it, and we are working through it. That’s all I can say at the moment.”

Germaine is currently 7-3, we last saw her back on the UFC 208 card, where she won a decision over former women’s bantamweight champion, Holly Holm. The winner of that fight was suppose to get Cyborg. The fight had a lot of controversy, due to shots after the bell.

Germaine has stated that she wants to rematch Holly Holm, but Germaine may need surgery on her hand before that can happen.

Aldo vs Holloway confirmed for UFC 212

Today on the UFC 212 pre-fight show, it was confirmed that Jose Aldo and Max Holloway will fight on the UFC 212 card. The card takes place June 3rd. Max Holloway won the featherweight interim title in a fight against Anthony Pettis on the UFC 206 card. Holloway is riding a 10 fight win streak, his last loss coming at the hands of Conor McGregor, back in 2013. Max has definitely reinvented himself and became a force at featherweight.

Jose Aldo’s last loss also came at the hands of Conor McGregor, a 13 second knock out. MMA fans have seemed to sleep on Aldo, Their opinions of him have changed big time after his loss to Conor McGregor. Which is just ridiculous, Jose is 26-2, 8-1 in the UFC. You can’t count this guy out. During the call outs Max Holloway was saying things like #where’s Waldo.

Which is kind of ironic since Max declined to have the fight fast tracked, wanting to enjoy the holiday’s and his son’s birthday. Regardless, these two finally have a date set and they will go to war. The UFC has been criticized for handing out so many interim titles. Meisha Tate said it best, handing out interim titles is like giving two gold medals at the Olympics.

Everyone knows interim titles are really just a marking tool, but you can’t discredit Max Holloway. Winning 10 in a row isn’t easy to do at any level, especially in the UFC. Holloway outclassed Anthony Pettis and sent him packing back to the lightweight division. Jose Aldo is coming off a win against Frankie Edgar. It was also for the interim title but Conor McGregor relinquished the featherweight title, upgrading Jose Aldo to undisputed champion.

After failing to get medical clearance twice, Rashad Evans is cleared to fight

We last saw Rashad Evans nearly a year ago, when he went against Glover Teixeira. Rashad suffered a first round knock out loss in that one. Since that fight Rashad has done some soul searching and looks to rejuvenate his career by dropping down to the middleweight division.

Lyota Machida, also a former light heavyweight champion, dropped down to middleweight and was able to be a real force, challenging Chris Wiedman for the middleweight championship.

Dropping down a weight class seems to be a new trend in MMA, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. 145 has been a division that many fighters have dropped down to and seen little to no success. Anthony Pettis picked up a big win, then failed to make weight and decided to move back up. Diego Sanchez, B.J Penn, and several others have taken a chance going to 145 and had to move back up.

Rashad posted pics leading up to his Middleweight fight against Tim Kennedy, he was looking lean and in great shape. His fight with Tim Kennedy was canceled, the New York Athletic Commish denied Rashad a fight license. This was a high profile card, the first ever UFC event in New York. The fight was rescheduled to UFC 206, again Rashad was denied a fight license. Apparently an MRI revealed “irregular findings.”. I’ve got to wonder, what fighter doesn’t have those.

Regardless. Rashad is medically cleared and is expected to take on Dan Kelly for his middleweight debut, March 4th, on the UFC 209 card. Rashad is 2-2 in his last four fights at light heavyweight. Rashad won the second season of The Ultimate Fighter as a heavyweight. When he takes on Dan Kelly at middleweight, that will be his third different weight class that he has fought at in the UFC.

The Return of The Prodigy

B.J. Penn has an upcoming fight with Yair Rodriguez. This fight will happen on January 15th, In Phoenix Arizona, at 145 pounds. We last saw B.J. Penn take on Frankie Edgar on July 6th, 2014. Frankie outclassed Penn, complete dominance. It was Penn’s first fight at 145 pounds. B.J. Penn hired Mike Dolce to help him with his weight cut, B.J. felt like Mike Dolce didn’t do his job. Most importantly, B.J. felt he let him down when it came to re-hydrating and putting the weight back on after the cut. B.J. said he paid Mike Dolce 22 thousand dollars. Dolce claims he had little influence on B.J, While B.J claims he followed everything Dolce said.

The last time we saw Penn get his hand raised in the octagon was his fight against Matt Hughes, way back in November of 2010. B.J. knocked Matt out in 21 seconds, this was a welterweight fight. He fought Jon Fitch after that, where we saw B.J. take the first and second round but get dominated in the 3rd , which led to a 10-8 round and a draw. That was the last time we saw B.J. have a competitive fight. His next 3 fights were with Nick Diaz, Rory MacDonald and Frankie Edgar,

While he did land some good shots on Nick Diaz, he was still beat up pretty good and he had little to no success against Rory MacDonald and Frankie Edgar. It would be easy to write B.J. off at this point and just assume he was done, but I believe these fight cancellations have been a good thing. B.J. Penn even admitted that he wasn’t ready to fight and that the recent fight cancellations have him more prepared for his comeback. A big trend for B.J. has been, the guy takes a bunch of time off, comes back and fights a top ranked guy with little success.

While Yair is a tough guy, he’s not on the same level as a Nick Diaz, Rory MacDonald or Frankie Edgar. To be fair, not many fighters are. Rory and Nick had way more reach and were much bigger. Frankie Edgar is on another level then most guys and has seemed to be Penn’s kryptonite. Frankie is the man who ended B.J. Penn’s lightweight championship run.

You have to ask yourself what does B.J. have left in the gas tank? what does he have left to prove? Fighters often don’t know when to call it quits, the thrill of getting your hand raised, the thrill of fighting in sold out arenas with millions of fans at home watching, an addicted many of us will never know or understand.

B.J. has been training for almost a year now to get back in there and fight, not just some 8 week training camp to get ready that he did in the past. Maybe he’s shaken off the rust, he’s training with Greg Jackson now. B.J. should be in great shape and ready to make some noise at 145 pounds.

UFC 200 Results has UFC 200 results for the UFC 200: Tate vs. Nunes fight card July 9.

In the main event, UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Title will will defend her title for the first time against Amanda Nunes.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar returns to the Octagon to square off against heavy-hitting Mark Hunt in the co-main event. Lesnar last competed in the UFC at UFC 141 on Dec. 30, 2011.

Check out the UFC 200 results below.

Main card (PPV at 10 p.m. ET)
Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes
Brock Lesnar def. Mark Hunt via unanimous decision
Daniel Cormier def. Anderson Silva via unanimous decision
Jose Aldo def. Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision
Cain Velasquez def. Travis Browne Via TKO (Round 1, 4:57)

Undercard (FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET)
Julianna Pena def. Cat Zingano via unanimous decision

Kelvin Gastelum def. Johny Hendricks via unanimous decision
T.J. Dillashaw def. Raphael Assuncao (30-27 x3)
Sage Northcutt def. Enrique Marin via unanimous decision (29-28)

Undercard (UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET)

Joe Lauzon def. Diego Sanchez via TKO (Round 1, 1:12)
Gegard Mousasi def. Thiago Santos via KO (Round 1, 4:32)
Jim Miller def. Takanori Gomi via TKO (Round 1, 2:18)

MMA Discussion Podcast – Episode 96 (Fan questions, MMA in June, Slice/ Ali’s careers)

Hosts John Franklin and Nick Peralta shoot the sh*t in this unorthodox 96th episode of the MMA Discussion podcast. We answer a TON of fan questions, go over the careers of the great Muhammad Ali and legendary street fighter Kimbo Slice, as well as discuss up coming bouts in the month of June.


Rafael dos Anjos vs. Eddie Alvarez Lightweight title fight set for Fight Pass event scheduled for July 7th

The Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will make his return to defend his title for the second time against the former Bellator Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.

The UFC announced Friday morning the match-up, and also included the interesting fact that it will be featured during International Fight Week on July 7th which lands on a Thursday. The final kicker? It will be featured exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

Dos Anjos (25-7, 14-5 in UFC) is coming off a dominant first round TKO of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone back in December. He was scheduled to defend his title earlier this year in March against UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor but was forced to pull out of the bout due to a foot injury. Dos Anjos is currently riding a five-fight winning streak, earning stoppages in three of those bouts.

Eddie Alvarez (27-4, 2-1 in UFC) may have gotten off to a rocky start in the UFC after dropping a judges decision to Donald Cerrone in his promotional debut, but Alvarez has since put that hiccup far behind him after defeating former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez last June, and following that up with a victory over the former UFC champion Anthony Pettis. Alvarez himself is a former Bellator Lightweight champion and defeated the likes of Roger Huerta, Shinya Aoki, Patrickey “Pitbull” Freire and Michael Chandler during his reign.

This UFC Fight Night has yet to correctly numbered nor have any other bouts for the card been announced as of yet. The event will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

Justin Scoggins vs. Ben Nguyen added to UFC Fight Night 85: Hunt vs. Mir

Two fast-rising up and coming Flyweights will meet up for one intriguing match-up at UFC Fight Night 85 in Brisbane next month.

The UFC announced Wednesday that Justin Scoggins will be making the quick turn around against Ben Nguyen at the March event.

Scoggins (11-2, 4-2 in UFC), not even a week ago, registered the biggest win of his career last Saturday at UFC Fight Night 82 when he defeated then-ranked Ray Borg in a fast paced match-up that saw Scoggins apply diverse pressure on the feet, on the ground, and in the clinch across the span of three rounds against the highly touted Jiu-Jitsu ace. Scoggins also spread a hot message to his division during his in-cage post fight interview promising all the fans watching that he will fight for the UFC Flyweight title before the years end. Scoggins’ other wins inside the Octagon thus far include Richie Vaculik, Will Campuzano, and Josh Sampo.

South Dakota native Ben Nguyen (14-5. 2-0 in UFC) will fight for the third time straight in his adopted home of Australia. Nguyen, who signed with the UFC last year made his debut at UFC Fight Night 65 in Adelaide, winning via first-round TKO against Alptekin Ozkilic. He followed this performance up at UFC 193 last November with a first-round submission over Ryan Benoit in Melbourne.

UFC Fight Night 85 takes place at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on March 20th. The event is scheduled to air on Fox Sports 1 and the card is now as is now as follows:

  • Mark Hunt vs. Frank Mir
  • Hector Lombard vs. Neil Magny
  • Steve Bosse vs. James Te Huna
  • Alan Jouban vs. Brendan O’Reilly
  • Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Daniel Kelly
  • Seo Hee Ham vs. Bec Rawlings
  • Johnny Case vs. Jake Matthews
  • Viscardi Andrade vs. Richard Walsh
  • Ross Pearson vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Chad Laprise vs, Alan Patrick
  • Mark Eddiva vs. Daniel Hooker
  • Rin Nakai vs. Leslie Smith
  • Ben Nguyen vs, Justin Scoggins