As former UFC flyweight king Demetrious Johnson departs the promotion it appears as though it will also bring about the end of the 125lb division as a whole.
UFC President Dana White had previously threatened to disband the division as a means of leverage over Johnson but now with current champ, Henry Cejudo set to fight TJ Dillashaw for the flyweight belt it appears as though they are going ahead with leaving the division behind.
Many of UFC’s flyweights have spoken out against the decision, which would see them no longer a part of the promotion, but one of the more high profile critics was former two-weight world champion, Conor McGregor.
The Notorious One tweeted blaming ONE FC for the move and claiming that the promotion should sign the entire flyweight division as a result.
You must now take all the 125lbers that have been let go, Chatri.
You talk all of this Martial Art and respect talk, yet your greed has directly cost more than half a fighting division it’s chance to earn income for their family.
Have respect @YODCHATRI.
Sign the division.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 8, 2018
In quotes reported by MMAFighting.com, Johnson outlined that he was thoroughly confused by McGregor’s comments, outlining that with the power he possesses within the organisation the Dubliner should do something to stop the division being disbanded.
“I don’t get where this logic comes behind that,” Johnson said. “What makes him think Chatri owes somebody something?”
“If he’s worried flyweights losing their jobs, I’m pretty sure he has a huge stake in the UFC company now,. I’m sure he can go to Dana, and be like Dana, ‘Keep these guys, these guys are fucking amazing. Let’s try to do this right. Let’s try to promote them.’ Facilitate a meeting of those who can [change things], with Proper Whiskey. ‘Let’s sit down and have a good talk.’ I’m sure he could come up with something if he really wanted to do it.”
“As I said, that’s Conor’s opinion of what he thinks should happen. This is a guy who is just business, you know, the Barclay’s Center [thing], throwing the dolly in the bus, hurting multiple people. I truly think he doesn’t care. But that’s just my personal opinion.”
Johnson also outlined that after signing with ONE FC in a historic trade with welterweight stand-out Ben Askren, he is now solely focused on achieving success in his new promotion.
“I want to be a champion,” Johnson said. “I know it’s not going to be easy. I’m just looking forward to being able to do my best over at ONE Championship and see where we go from there.”