Mighty Mouse might not have been planning to start a revolution when he voiced his discontent with Dana White and the UFC, but even some of his opponents are coming out in support of him after Dana threatened to shut down the entire flyweight division if Mighty Mouse didn’t repeatedly bend over to the UFC’s every whim.
Dana White threatened to shut down the entire Flyweight division in an attempt to pressure Mighty Mouse:
“Close the motherfucking division then. 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,” said the Champ.
Mighty Mouse was inspired by the athlete summit recently held in Vegas, where the new UFC owners brought in some big star power to talk to the fighters, and it may have backfired a bit:
“finding your purpose, sticking to your principles, and don’t back down from what you believe in. Seeing these big sports figures preach to us about that. Nobody out there is looking out for the best Demetrious Johnson. There’s only one person doing that and that’s me. … That’s where I gained my backbone. Kobe and Brandon Marshal are like, ‘You can’t let your sport define you. You have to make sure you stick to your principles and what you believe in.'”
The UFC pressured him financially using threats of loss of future income if he didn’t take a fight, so he finally accepted it on their terms, then they turned around and found him a new opponent instead, and he’s finally had a enough and basically everyone is on his side… Well, almost everyone. If you missed this whole thing, get caught up right here.
TJ Dillashaw sees things differently:
“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. … 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. He can say whatever he wants to say about all his other issues he has and being bullied—which, I don’t understand how the greatest of all time gets bullied—but it all comes down to him being scared of me beating him.”
If you read the comments, there’s a few people here and there that are arguing against Mighty Mouse. Those are the people who don’t bother to read the article or spend 8 seconds actually thinking about something before forming their opinions.
Any rational, reasonable person who looks at exactly what happened is on Demetrious Johnson’s side. Anyone saying he’s afraid to fight TJ missed the whole part where MM said he WOULD fight TJ if the UFC could guarantee him win and show money if TJ doesn’t make weight, and not hold it against him if he’s not willing to move up to a catch weight. Two TOTALLY reasonable requests after the ufc GUARANTEED him that TJ would make weight. If they are going to make that kind of guarantee, why not put their money where their mouth is? As DJ points out, obviously it’s not a real guarantee in that case.
This is a very important moment for the UFC, and as fans we can either side with the fighters who are willing to speak out, or buy into the UFC’s propaganda, lies, and manipulation again. Plenty of other fighters have spoken out over the years, but it’s not often you see it with a champion.
Now is the time to rally around all fighters, if we ever want fighters as a whole to be treated better in the UFC. It’s not just about Mighty Mouse, it’s bigger than him, but even Vice is covering this: Demetrious Johnson Is Staging a Goddamn Revolution. It’s about time the man got some media coverage and attention, he’s been holding it down for years, he’s the most dominant champion, he’s about to take a shot at breaking Anderson Silva’s record, he’s as close to a perfect fighter as we’ve ever seen… yet the UFC still tries to bully him.