After leaning back in an ergonomic gaming chair and penning an extremely detailed letter on UFC injustice, Demetrious Johnson doubled down on his scathing exposé on The MMA Hour. He even went as far as telling Dana White to 'close the f-cking division' in the midst of alleged threats. All this because the dude didn't want to to fight T.J. Dillashaw. Well, White finally caved to Johnson's demands, but not after a heavyweight dose of passive aggressiveness.
"You’re on the cusp of breaking the record and doing all this stuff, and you’re talking about superfights and you want $2 million and all this other stuff. So, I’m not thrilled about it, but guess what? You want Ray Borg, we’ll give you Ray Borg. I don’t want to hear any sh-t if it’s not the blockbuster event you expect it to be.”
“You want Ray Borg, we’ll give you Ray Borg. I’m sure the fans will be clamoring, and ticket sales will be through the roof and pay-per-views will be off the charts. I’m not thrilled with Demetrious Johnson. You’re the pound-for-pound best in the world, T.J. Dillashaw challenges you — one of the best in the world, former world champion — and you flat out deny the fight, flat out say, ‘I won’t do it. I want Ray Borg.’” — Dana White to MMA Junkie.
Dana White's response to Johnson is like a person trying to convince their younger brother into doing what they want, by making their own idea seem like the worst thing in the world. If Mighty Mouse didn't bat an eye after his division was in jeopardy, he surely won't care about claiming it won't do well monetarily.
Meanwhile, a guy who says Demetrious Johnson is hard to promote, is tweeting out daily GIFs of Floyd Mayweather getting punched once. Dana White is trying to sell the biggest fight in our generation, between the best boxer ever and the biggest MMA fighter ever, more than he's trying to promote any fight in the UFC right now. Let that sink in.