Dana White on Demetrious Johnson: “I don’t think he’s the best P4P fighter”
Demetrious Johnson claims that he’s been mistreated, bullied and intimated into accepting fights at the UFC and Dana White is not too happy about what Johnson had to sy. He claims that johnson is not the best P4P fighter in the world, as he likes to think.
“The media claims he’s the pound for pound best fighter in the world. I think Conor McGregor is the pound for pound best fighter in the world.”
But that’s not what he claimed after UFC on Fox 24 when he said: “Listen, he’s already the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and he strives to be better each time, and he gets better each time, literally destroying people.“
White also saeid it’s ridiculous that he doesn’t want to fight T.J. Dillashaw.
“He didn’t want Pay-Per-View. He wanted upfront money, no Pay-Per-View,” White said. “He wasn’t very confident in his abilities to sell Pay-Per-Views. He has the lowest-selling Pay-Per-View in the history of the UFC in the modern era.”
“I think a fight between him and T.J. Dillashaw would be something that people would actually be interested in and could sell Pay-Per-Views and could make money. But he absolutely refuses to fight the guy. It’s ridiculous.”
“We’re not marketing him right? We built a TV show around him. ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ was about what an incredible fighter he is. We put him on Fox many times and tried to build him and it is what it is. It’s not me.”
Johnson claimed that the UFC threatened to get rid of the entire flyweight division if he didn’t fight Dillashaw, but White says that isn’t true.
“That’s not true. We’ve been talking about shutting down the flyweight division for about three years.
“And, never once did I threaten him to shut down the division. I told him that we had been talking about shutting down the division for years. He knows that.”