The sage between TJ Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson continues.
Johnson was not receptive to a fight with Dillashaw even though UFC President Dana White and other UFC officials were pushing for it last year. White came out and mocked Johnson for taking it.
This led to Johnson firing back and claimed that White threatened to shut down his entire division. White denied that and gave Johnson the fight he wanted, which was against Borg that is almost guaranteed to do low PPV numbers.
Apparently, though, that’s water under the bridge as White has gone on record by stating that this is a fight that will happen. Problem is, we still don’t know when.
This fight has been put on hold as Johnson will defend his flyweight belt against Henry Cejudo at the UFC 227 card while Dillashaw will fight Cody Garbrandt once again as he defends his bantamweight title in the main event.
The UFC 227 pay-per-view event is set to take place on August 4, 2018, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.
Dillashaw claimed to TMZ Sports in an interview that the UFC flyweight champion is ducking him because he’s afraid of a true challenge. Here is what he had to say:
“It was a fight that already made sense. The fans wanted it. I wanted it. The UFC wanted it. It’s all about him manning up and accepting the challenge. He’s got a target on his back. I respect the guy as a fighter. I respect him as a man, but it’s time to man up and get this thing done,” Dillashaw said, per MMA Weekly.
“I do believe so,” Dillashaw replied when asked if Johnson was ducking him. “I believe that he’s comfortable where he’s at. He’s comfortable fighting the guys he’s fighting. I think I bring a real threat. I bring a real threat to the table that he’s not willing to accept.”