On the back of Demetrious Johnson’s explosive revelations, regarding bullying by UFC top brass, TJ Dillashaw has now got in on the dispute.
Demetrious Johnson’s damning statement on the UFC yesterday, and revealing interview on Ariel Helwani’s MMAHour, have shaken up the MMA world. The flyweight champion discussed what he considered “tyrannical” treatment by Dana White and Sean Shelby yesterday, in trying to force through a title defence against bantamweight contender, Dillashaw. Johnson outlined his reasons for not wanting to accept a fight with Dillashaw on the MMA Hour last night.
Johnson wanted to stress the point that he did not have an issue with Dillashaw, personally. He stated that he would have reacted the same if it was any other 135 pounder, be it Aljamin Sterling, Raphael Assuncao, Dominick Cruz or anyone else. But, he feels he owes nothing to Dillashaw and could not understand Dana White’s reasoning for wanting him to put Dillashaw’s career ahead of his own.
“I don’t want people thinking I’m bashing TJ in the media but…f*ck that…this isn’t TJ Dillashaw’s career. This is my career.”
This morning, TJ Dillashaw rowed in on the dispute, obviously keen to pick up a fight, having seen his bout with Cody Garbrandt fall victim to a Garbrandt back injury. Dillashaw posted the following message on social media:
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Mini Mouse or Mighty Mouse? Don't be scared! This is the fight game, I've takin title fights on 24hrs notice. I'm already waking up at 143lbs, on my way down to put a squash to this hype. You want to call yourself the Goat then what do you have to be afraid of?! @mightymouse125
TJ went into more detail on ESPN radio, with Brett Okamoto.
“I understand where he’s coming from with some of it but a lot of it was a slap in the face to me as well,” said Dillashaw. “Trying to say that I don’t really deserve a title shot which I think is complete bullcrap. I don’t think there’s anybody in his weight class right now to push him and I’m healthy, I’m in shape, I’m already in the process – because Dana told me that’s who I’m fighting – of dropping the weight class. I’m waking up at 143 pounds in the morning so that’s a very, very reachable goal.“So for him to go and discredit my name and the things that I’ve accomplished just to not be worthy of a title shot kind of pissed me off a little bit. And it’s kind of embarrassing to have him go and call himself the GOAT, to be the greatest of all time and turning down fights because he’s scared to fight.”
Dillashaw had already started into a camp for Garbrandt and obviously doesn’t want that to go waste. However, TJ has never fought at flyweight. If he was to miss weight, there would be no monetary compensation for DJ. He also would not have the opportunity to defend his belt for a record 11th time, as for it to be a title fight, both fighters have to make weight. Regardless of Dillashaw’s claims that he is already at 143lbs, this is no guarantee for ‘Mighty Mouse’.
Noel Ryan, Pundit Arena
Hat-tip: MMA Fighting