Following his extended statement posted in regards to treatment by the UFC, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson appeared on “The MMA Hour” Monday to discuss the matter further.
Johnson told Ariel Helwani that he has had several discussions with the UFC in recent weeks, adding that matchmaker Mick Maynard told his coach, Matt Hume, that they will fold the entire 125-pound division if he doesn’t accept a bout with T.J. Dillashaw.
“I said close the mother (expletive) division then,” Johnson said (thanks to MMAFighting.com for transcribing). “Because if somebody is willing to do that, that just shows you that they have no interest whatsoever of working with the champion. I never missed weight, always showed up on time, did all of my interviews on fight week, traveled to Australia in coach two times for the flyweight division. I’ve done a lot.”
Johnson tied the UFC record for consecutive title defenses earlier this year at 10 when he bested Wilson Reis. Asked about believing the UFC when they said they would close the division, Johnson said he does.
“I had to believe him,” Johnson said. “I was standing my ground. I’m a black-and-white type of dude. If you say something, I believe you’re gonna do it. When he told me that, I was like, ‘Alright, if that’s how you guys want to treat me and say that and close my division after I’ve been playing ball the whole time and defending my title, go ahead.’ They showed they had no interest in having that division.”