UFC President Dana White was once highly interested in having his bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw drop down to face flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, however, those plans have now changed.
While the UFC boss hasn’t come right out and said it, Dillashaw did not make any points with his employer when he refused to face Cody Garbrandt to save the UFC 222 main event.
That decision likely had a ripple effect, as Dana White just told the Los Angeles times that the champion vs. champion super fight isn’t happening, and Dillashaw will now face someone else.
Just last month the UFC was eyeing three champ vs champ bouts. It seemed as if July was going to be super fight season, but now those prospects are down to just one.
Initially Amanda Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg was on the docket, as was the aforementioned Dillashaw vs. Johnson bout. The last super fight standing is the upcoming UFC heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic.
Here’s a snip from the L.A. Times on what Dana had to say about the flyweight title fight:
“It was never made. Plus, D.J. is hurt and out for a while,” White texted, adding, “we are working on” an alternate title defense for Orange County’s Dillashaw, who recaptured the belt in November by defeating Cody Garbrandt at Madison Square Garden.