"Mighty Mouse" Goes Public With His Battle Against The UFC

Published on June 7th, 2017 3:52 pm EST

Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson is the UFC's pound-for-pound #1 fighter. There can really be no debate over that fact, given the dominance that the champion has shown over the past 4-5 years.

Despite his dominance, Johnson has never really drawn when it comes to PPVs. As a matter of fact, in some past PPVs, the crowd has actually started to leave during main events that feature Johnson.

The King is reading the newspaper at his office and scratching his beard after spotting a piece of news.For Demetrious Johnson, this doesn't really have anything to do with him. Instead, Johnson contends, the UFC does not market him the way that it markets other fighters. It's pretty hard to disagree with Johnson on this point, and you would think that Johnson could potentially become one of the UFC's most liked fighters if he had a bit of a push from the UFC. After all, Johnson is a pretty tremendous guy who loves video games, is open and accessible to his fans and is one of the most dominant champions in history. What's not to love there?

Johnson has had some issues with the UFC for a while, but things have really exploded in recent days after Johnson alleged that the UFC had tried to "bully" him.

UFC 213 was originally supposed to feature TJ Dillashaw vs Cody Garbrandt in the main event. Garbrandt was forced to pull out due to an injury, which left the UFC looking for another fight for Dillashaw.

They came up with the idea of Dillashaw dropping to 125 pounds to take on "Mighty Mouse", though Johnson wasn't having this. Johnson is one win away from setting the all-time title consecutive title defenses record and he is afraid that Dillashaw will miss weight for the fight. In addition, he doesn't think that someone from the Bantamweight division should be able to drop down to fight for the title ahead of guys like Ray Borg.

According to Johnson, UFC President Dana White reportedly threatened to "close the Flyweight division" if Johnson didn't take the Dillashaw fight. Johnson reportedly responded that White should "close the division then".

Nothing has been resolved as of yet.

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Johnson likely has numerous issues with the UFC, ranging from sponsorship money to the company's adherence to its rankings.

Things have really gone nuclear over the past few days and it will be interesting to see how the UFC handles things. Will they attempt to smooth things over, or will they just dump the entire division as they have threatened?

In the past, Lorenzo Fertitta likely would have smoothed things over but he is no longer leading the company.