It looks like one rumored super fight is officially off the table.
For the past few months, negotiations have been ongoing to pit flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson against bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw.
Now it appears that fight is dead in the water after UFC president Dana White told the L.A. Times on Thursday that the proposed matchup “is not happening”.
In addition to that declaration, White also stated that the fight was never actually official and Johnson is still sidelined after having shoulder surgery just recently.
“It was never made. Plus, D.J. is hurt and out for a while,” White said.
It’s an unfortunate turn of circumstances for Johnson and Dillashaw, who were both on board for the super fight pitting champion against champion but now it appears both of them will move onto face contenders in their own divisions instead.
While White claims that Johnson’s injury is a problem, the flyweight king has said that he would be ready to return by July for UFC 226 in Las Vegas. The bigger issue may have been Johnson’s financial demands, which could have led to the UFC abandoning talks for the super fight.
Either way, Johnson will now await a new contender at 125 pounds while Dillashaw has a long list of challengers awaiting his first title defense in the bantamweight division. As of now there’s been no official timeline announced for Johnson or Dillashaw’s next fight.
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