Demetrious Johnson recounts time Dana White known as him a ‘dumbass’, and the UFC threatened to close the flyweight division

Demetrious Johnson recounts time Dana White known as him a ‘dumbass’, and the UFC threatened to close the flyweight division

Demetrious Johnson says The Ultimate Fighter carried out a job in his eventual departure from the UFC.

Johnson is without doubt one of the most accomplished fighters in UFC history, conserving the tick list for lots of determine defenses in history at 11. Then again regardless of his many accolades with the promotion, Johnson finished his UFC career quite at odds with the company, traded to ONE Championship following his split-decision loss to Henry Cejudo at UFC 227. The industry were given right here after Johnson’s relationship with the UFC had taken a turn , one that “Mighty Mouse” says started with The Ultimate Fighter: Fit of Champions, where the UFC presented in 16 flyweight champions from all over the place the arena to compete for a shot at Johnson’s flyweight determine.

“It was when I was streaming on Twitch,” Johnson discussed on The MMA Hour when asked when problems changed for him. “I’m collaborating in a recreation — and when I started streaming on Twitch, I started being additional vocal — and anyone throughout the Twitch chat goes, ‘Just right day man, did you concentrate about The Ultimate Fighter? What they’re going to do next?’ I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ and he’s going, ‘They’re going to do The Ultimate Fighter, it’s going to be the entire champions and they’re going struggle you and the winner gets to struggle [for the belt].’ And I’m going, ‘Neatly that’s f****** foolish.’ And then I was like, ‘What regarding the guys on a five-fight win streak? What about Joseph Benavidez? They’re merely going to skip the street?’ I discussed that and day after today I got a phone title from Dana White.

“Dana White under no circumstances known as me when I was throughout the UFC. He known as and he’s going, ‘You dumbass! You merely ruined this whole issue we’re in search of to organize for you! Blah, blah, blah.’ And I was like, ‘Neatly I merely came upon online from a random dude on Twitch and I gave him a good opinion.’ And then he’s going, ‘Sean Shelby didn’t title you?’ ‘No, he didn’t title me.’ And he’s going, ‘Alright. Bye.’ He hangs up and day after today I get a decision from Sean Shelby, ‘Just right day, yeah bro —’ Too overdue! Too overdue dude.”


“Matt [Hume] was saying, ‘Dude, merely take fault.’ No, f*** that. I’m not taking fault,” Johnson continued. “I didn’t do the remaining fallacious proper right here. That was my natural reaction to knowledge that was broken to me on the spot, by the use of a fan. I have to hide my feelings?… I’m not in bother for this. And after that it was more or less like, off she went. Slowly, slowly I merely started being additional me and that’s where I’m at now.”

Johnson went immediately to successfully give protection to his determine towards that season’s winner, Tim Elliott. He then defended his belt all over again a few months later, alternatively that’s when his relationship with the UFC if truth be told took a turn. For his record-setting eleventh determine coverage, the UFC wanted to e book Johnson towards bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, who can also be making his flyweight debut for the example. Negotiations have been tricky despite the fact that and White routinely threw his champion under the bus, after all leading to Johnson issuing his private public remark regarding the “mistreatment and bullying” he received at the hands of the UFC. That’s when, in step with Johnson, he if truth be told discovered the ability dynamics of his relationship with the UFC.

“They wanted us to struggle T.J. Dillashaw and I discussed we’ll struggle him for $1 million,” Johnson recalled. “Then the thing was, I knew T.J. couldn’t make 125 healthy. I knew that and so did Matt. We knew that on account of he’s already shredded at 135… So Matt wanted to position it throughout the contract saying if T.J. Dillashaw does not make weight at 125, we struggle him for his belt, and they discussed no. ‘We’re not doing that.’ Okay then, well, what’s going to happen and that’s when they have been like, ‘We’re going to close the dep..’ So I discussed I’ll struggle T.J. for $1 million. It’s a superfight! Let’s make it happen.’ Then again they wouldn’t do that and that’s when they have been like, ‘We’re going to close the dep..’ Neatly, close the motherf****** division then!’ They didn’t do it and that’s when I were given right here out with the letter and it was like, what do I have to do?

“The whole lot {{that a}} champion — one of the vital problems that I want to have happen when I’m achieved fighting is I would love Matt to be like, ‘Out of the entire folks I’ve ever worked with and professional, Demetrious was the easiest explicit particular person I’ve professional. He always showed up on time, under no circumstances had a subject with reducing weight, no problems.’ I wanted to be the easiest champion, athlete to artwork with. I show up, ‘Who do you want me to struggle? I’ll struggle the next guy.’ Then again when they started to murky these things — ‘Oh, you’re going to struggle this champion.’ Okay, let’s add some more money. Let’s add $1 million. ‘No, that can’t happen.’ Okay, well then if he doesn’t make weight, let’s struggle for his belt. ‘No, can’t do that each.’ Okay, so where do I have leverage proper right here? Where’s my power in being a champion?”

The answer was after all very little. Johnson did in any case finally end up protective his determine for the eleventh time, submitting Ray Borg with one of the vital incredible moves in UFC history, and then out of place his determine in a rematch with Henry Cejudo. He was traded to ONE Championship shortly afterwards. Then again it wasn’t all bad for Johnson throughout the UFC. Looking once more, he nevertheless speaks extraordinarily of his time throughout the staff.

“It was a crazy time,” Johnson discussed. “And I’m super grateful for the risk that I had, on account of within the match that they wouldn’t have made a 125-pound division, then I wouldn’t be throughout the position I am at the present time. 11 consecutive determine defenses, the Ray Borg armbar, it was a great platform to be on and I took good thing about it and made the best of it. I’d perhaps not have purchased 4.1 million pay-per-view buys, but when it were given right here time to go back to be had out there and put on a show and f****** struggle, I did my issue.”

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