Things between Demetrious Johnson and Dana White haven’t exactly been great the last couple of months, but it sounds like the two have talked out their issues.
If you follow the flyweight champ, then you know that earlier this year, White made it clear he wanted Johnson to fight TJ Dillashaw. The latter had been booked to fight Cody Garbrandt at UFC 213 in July, but a back injury prevented the bantamweight champ from fighting.
White wanted to see the fight happen, not only because the UFC needed an all-star bout for its schedule, but he also argued it would be good for Johnson’s profile. The latter, however, didn’t think Dillashaw should be tapped for a title fight ahead of other flyweight contenders, since he hasn’t competed at 125.
Well, things got pretty intense, and at one point, Johnson accused White of attempting to bully him (the UFC President denied that was the case). Johnson was booked to fight Ray Borg, September 9th, and during the latest “MMA Hour”, the champ’s manager, Malki Kawa, had this to say (quote via MMA Fighting):
“Yeah, they buried the hatchet,” Kawaw said. “Dana told DJ how he felt about some stuff and DJ told Dana how he felt about some stuff. They buried the hatchet.
“There was a lot of misunderstanding and miscommunication. There were are a lot of different parties involved, I thought I would bring the two of them together and get this thing right.
“It worked well. I’m expecting this to work out in DJ’s favor in the long run. I think he will be very happy and I think UFC will be very happy with him.”
This is good news, as it would be shame if Johnson was still battling the UFC brass, in advance of UFC 215. At the event, “Mighty Mouse” will be gunning for his 11th title defense, which would set a new record for the promotion. So, we could be witnessing history on September 9th.
UFC 215 will go down in Edmonton, Alberta.