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Demetrious Johnson Speaks Out Against Dana White and the UFC

In an unprecedented act, current UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson as penned a lengthy response and telling account of his dealings with UFC President Dana White and matchmaker Sean Shelby. In the response Johnson claims that it is the UFC’s “mistreatment and bullying” of him have finally reached a boiling point in the negotiations of a potential bout with TJ Dillashaw.

Johnson goes into great detail and pulls back the curtain on the business elements of the sport of mixed martial arts.

For years I have been a company man and kept quiet, accepting fights, doing as they asked, and always remaining humble and grateful for the opportunities provided to me through mixed martial arts. This is how I was raised through the sport. Unfortunately, UFC’s mistreatment and bullying has finally forced me to speak out. I’ve decided to speak out now as I feel like my values and character as a person and a fighter are being tarnished by an organization I’ve done nothing but sweat and bleed for over the last seven years of my life. If it takes me speaking up and encouraging other fighters to ban together to start getting fair treatment, then so be it.

UFC Matchmaker Mick Maynard called and offered the fight vs. Ray Borg. I thought [Sergio] Pettis was a more marketable name and on a longer winning streak. Mick went back to Dana, then came back and told us that I had no choice, it was going to be Ray Borg, not Pettis, and there were no other options. That was the command from Dana and company. This would mean that my only chance at PPV points at flyweight was vs. Ray Borg. I said OK, but it’s not fair to make that my only chance at PPV points, when Cody Garbrandt is saying he wants to come down and fight me at flyweight, which was the fight I wanted. We told Mick that to be fair we would take the fight, but [we] want PPV points for future fights at flyweight. Mick agreed and said it was fair and didn’t see any problem with that situation. Mick spoke to Dana and [UFC matchmaker] Sean Shelby, who then told him to deny giving me any future PPV points for all of my future flyweight fights. Further, I still had to fight Ray Borg and they were giving me no other choice. I accepted the fight with Ray and decided to deal with the unfair situation and despicable treatment by Dana and Sean after I succeed in breaking the consecutive title fight defense record in my next fight vs. Borg. Mick thanked me for accepting the fight, knowing that I was being screwed over and mistreated by Dana and Sean.

I wanted a reason for not being allowed any future PPV points. Sean Shelby called and told us how smaller fighters don’t sell, that UFC can’t make stars of anyone, and that a fight between Cody and I wouldn’t be a sellable fight. We disagreed. I think a fight between Cody and I would be popular if it was even given a small serving of the marketing efforts put into other big fights.

UFC has failed to market and promote me appropriately. Prior to my last fight, where I tied the record for the most consecutive successful title defenses, we waited to re-post UFC’s social media posts about me from their Facebook page. There weren’t any posts until a few days into fight week, then, there were a total of two posts. In comparison to others who they promote across their social media platforms, they failed to do their job in promoting me and that monumental event. In my recent conversations, Sean and Dana have confirmed UFC’s lack of desire to put any effort into promoting us.

In addition to the above, I want to address the lack of marketing and promotion of the flyweight division, even though Dana will claim otherwise. I would challenge that the UFC doesn’t even market the division. It’s been three years since the UFC launched three new divisions in two years (2012 to 2014) where they focused most of their marketing efforts to grow female mixed martial arts, which I understand. But, we are now three years post-launch, and the company continues to do the bare minimum in marketing the division well past the launch of these other divisions. As a fighter, I pay very close attention to the amount of marketing that goes into and around my fights and I can tell you that you’d be hard pressed to find much that has been done to promote me outside of TUF 24, which was minimal in comparison to other fights, fighters and shows. With me, the UFC chooses not to market the best fighter in the world and arguably the greatest fighter of all time. I can’t think of any other sports organization in the world that has the best player in the sport where the league, or the organization, doesn’t market that player to their loyal fan base to sell more of their product. Look at my track record for showing up to fights. Look at my track record of finishing fights. Look at my track record of getting fight night bonuses. Ask yourself if you think that if the UFC decided to truly put marketing dollars behind me that they couldn’t sell me or my fights.

Completely unrelated — and after the accepted fight vs. Ray Borg — Cody Garbradt injured his back and TJ Dillashaw said he wanted to fight me. Dana told me he wanted me to fight TJ, which I disagreed with for multiple reasons. First, TJ has never fought at flyweight and is unlikely to make the weight, which would then eliminate the possibility of breaking the title defense record. Second, they have already told me that a fight between Cody and I wouldn’t be sellable, so fighting TJ would have no monetary upside. Third, TJ is not a flyweight or a current champion in another weight class and was KO’ed by the flyweight whom I beat twice already. Last, Ray Borg and I already agreed to the fight, which UFC tyrannically demanded, while denying me any future PPV points.

After telling Dana my reasons, Dana angrily told me that I am fighting TJ, once again, with no other option or say in my career, and against the plans we had previously laid out. He went on further to say that if I didn’t take the fight against TJ, and drop Borg as the opponent, he would get rid of the entire flyweight division. He said, this is for TJ and I’m taking away TJ’s opportunity. That fact that he feels that what I should do in my career is for TJ, tells where his priority lies.

Sorry Dana, my career is about Demetrious Johnson and my goals of fighting the best current flyweights, breaking the record of title defenses, going after the bantamweight champion after I have broken the record, and making money for my family. My career is not about doing for Dana’s buddy, who is neither a bantamweight champion or flyweight contender. We ended by disagreeing and left it there. The next day, Dana went to the media and announced that I was fighting TJ Dillashaw, in an obvious attempt to bully me in the media and tarnish my reputation. I posted a short statement letting people know that I had not agreed to the TJ fight, but had already agreed to fight Ray Borg, as demanded by UFC.

Dana put up an interview stating that it was “insane” that I didn’t want to fight TJ, that “he makes the matches and that is the match he is making,” and, “You tell me why DJ doesn’t want to fight TJ,” trying to make it as though I am scared or ducking TJ Dillashaw.

Mick spoke to me to try to change the offer from Ray to TJ. I told Mick that I thought TJ should fight once in the division first, prove he can make the weight and get a win at that weight, then fight me if I wasn’t already busy with Cody. Mick agreed that it made the most sense.

Later Mick called again, as mandated by Dana, to try to make the fight with TJ and drop Ray. We told him that we didn’t think TJ would make the weight and the fight would be off since it would no longer be a title fight without TJ making weight. Mick said they guaranteed that TJ would make weight. We told him that since it was guaranteed by TJ and UFC was demanding and putting me in a bad circumstance, then it is fair that if TJ didn’t make weight, the fight would be off and I would still get my guarantee, plus TJ’s guaranteed pay. Mick said that Ray would be on the card and he could fill in if TJ didn’t make weight. We said, oh, then which one do I train for? I thought TJ guaranteed he was making weight. Is it a world championship with the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter on earth, or an amateur tournament where I don’t know who I’m fighting until I get there. Obviously there was no guarantee and they just wanted to push me to do something that they knew wasn’t a good choice for my career. The “guarantees” that they made had nothing to back them up and they were unwilling to give a real guarantee to compensate me for all the damage I put on my body preparing for a fight that may not happen. The fact that they said Ray will be a backup shows the lack of respect they have for what we go through in preparing for a fight at this level.

Mick went back to Dana and Sean, then came back and told us that they don’t agree with my request and I have to fight TJ with no guarantee to make weight or financial incentive if he doesn’t make weight. This is typical of the unfulfilled promises and bullying that has gone on through my UFC career.

In summary:

I agreed to their tyrannical demand to fight Ray Borg and Ray also agreed.

UFC has refused to give me PPV points on any future flyweight bouts, and has never given me any PPV points on previous bouts. My request was fair and the matchmaker in charge of the flyweight and bantamweight division agreed.

I gave UFC fair conditions to change the fight to TJ Dillashaw and they refused.

Dana and Sean have told me that they have no interest in marketing me or the smaller divisions, so when they say that I will make PPV money vs. Dillashaw, they leave out the fact that I have to hit certain numbers of buys, which will not be hit if they fail in marketing me like they have in my previous fights.

If TJ doesn’t make weight, I can’t break the record for the most consecutive title defenses and they have denied paying me in that circumstance.

Dana has made an effort to bully me in the media as well as in private, in order to get what he wants, even though it is not what is best for me or the sport.

If Dana says this will be a big PPV fight for me, and that they will promote it properly, then he can pay for it up front and explain to Ray Borg why he is being taken out of the fight that the UFC matchmaker in charge of the division put him in. Otherwise, it is just another lie and attempt to bully me to do something that Dana wants, but is not the right thing to do for the sport or my career.

UFC’s track record in making an effort to promote my fights, and Dana’s claim that this is a big chance for PPV dollars for me tells a different story than what Dana is stating to the public.

Valentine’s Day Heartbreak: Recapping the Eventful Day Between Mayweather and McGregor

Rumors of a Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather fight reached a high point on Tuesday but at the end of the day did we move any closer to the fight actually taking place?

Combat sports fans had their collective hearts broken on Valentine’s Day as rumors of the Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather boxing match swelled up like a balloon only to have it pop by the end of the day. It all started with a report by “The Irish Sun” that stated the two finally reached a “multi-million dollar deal” but was not formally signed because of a “third party hold-up”. Media outlets everywhere picked up the story and social media was a buzz as news started to spread.

It turns out the news was too good to be true. Floyd Mayweather took it upon himself to shoot down all rumors about him fighting not only Conor McGregor but anyone in general.

Mayweather did not specifically mention McGregor by name and stated that he is “happily retired”.  This could be seen as Mayweather taking a shot a McGregor by not mentioning him by name in his announcement. He did throw in that little nugget of hope to fight fans by writing that “if any changes come about, I will be the first to let the world know!” Maybe Mayweather did not take kindly to the fact that someone in McGregor’s camp may have spilled the beans a little earlier than “The Money Team” may have liked.

Not to be outdone, McGregor took to his Instagram account to offer a counter of sorts to Mayweather’s post about denying any fight deal taking place. McGregor’s post sees the Irishman sitting on a white throne with the caption, “I am in Las Vegas. Floyd has retired on my arrival.”

I am in Las Vegas. Floyd has retired on my arrival.

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The image itself is very striking with McGregor sitting on a throne as if he is declaring himself the king of combat sports. The caption also suggests that Mayweather is scared of McGregor as it is implying that his mere presence in Las Vegas has kept the undefeated boxing star in retirement.

It did not take long for McGregor’s post to circulate and get Mayweather’s attention. Mayweather in turn had a more direct response than his previous post.

Mayweather not only called out McGregor but the UFC as well. UFC president Dana White has been vocal that the boxing match between McGregor and Mayweather cannot happen without the company’s blessing or involvement. McGregor has stated in the past that he can put this fight together without the UFC’s involvement but has acknowledged that it will be easier if they were somehow involved.

That is where we stand as of this moment and after all the reports and posts on social media it seems like we have not moved any closer to the super-fight taking place.

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UFC – Fight Night New Orleans: Anthony Birchak excited and eager to become a contender in the Bantamweight division

Anthony Birchak (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) returns to the octagon to face Joe Soto (15-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) June 6th, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68. The fight will take place from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. Both fighters were expected to fight at UFC 177 but when an injury took place to former bantamweight champ Renan Barao, the UFC scratched the fight and pinned Joe Soto against the TJ Dillashaw. Anthony Birchak will now have an opportunity to face Joe Soto. Anthony Brichak spoke to fiveroundmma on how excited he is to return to the octagon.

” Super excited to step back in against an opponent like Soto gonna try and curb my enthusiasm though so I don’t relive Phoenix lol”

Anthony Birchak was not able to face Joe Soto so he had to wait until December 2014 to make his UFC debut against Ian Entwistle in his hometown of Phoenix, AZ. Anthony Birchak came on the losing end being submitted in 64 seconds due to a heal hook. We asked Anthony what he learned from his fight with Ian Entwistle.

“Composure! I think I was so excited to get the takedown and get my hands on Ian that I made a rookie mistake that cost me my UFC win, I think this time around you’ll see a much more mature and poised version of myself.”

Joe Soto also is coming off a lose to TJ Dillashaw. Joe Soto got an incredible opportunity to face the UFC bantamweight champion in his debut fight. A win for Anthony Birchak over Joe Soto would be tremendous for Birchak’s career and he agreed.

” I want a chill to crawl up TJ’s spine and let him know he made the right decision fighting Soto that night instead of myself. An impressive finish over Soto shows that I’m right there at the top of the world with these guys!

The unusual thing about Joe Soto’s fight with TJ Dillashaw was that Soto was not ranked at the time and had been a sparring partner for TJ Dillashaw in the past. It will be interesting where Anthony Birchak is seen amongst the UFC ranking voters if he is victorious against Joe Soto.

” I don’t think top 10 but possibly top 15 or right outside it, Soto I think falls around 17 or so but let’s be real he got rewarded for losing the champ on short notice! How do you lose to the champion and get a top 15 ranking? He was supposed to beat you why get such high placement?”

Anthony Birchak has a point but I remember at the time Dana White trying to justify Joe Soto as a legitimate contender and how he took the fight on a days notice. I’m sure Anthony Birchak would have taken the fight as well for the UFC belt on a one day notice.

As Anthony Birchak prepares for the fight we asked him what is the most dangerous part of Joe Soto’s skill set?

“The lightning quick takedown is his saving grace as long as my reaction time and reflexes are working I think I got better hips and takedown defense. The way I see it Joe is a tremendous veteran in this sport, but, he’s done all he’s able to. He’s a multiple world champ, fought for the UFC gold and fell short and now its time I showcase my true ability and skillset and make my run to another championship. He doesn’t want this as bad as I do, I’m just getting started and it starts with the first footstep into the octagon on Saturday!”

Sounds like Anthony Birchak is feeling super confident and why not he too was a former champion! Brichak was the bantamweight champion for Maximum Fighting Championships. I asked Anthony how he predicted the fight to end against Joe Soto.

“It will end with my hands being raised and my name being announced as your winner! I can finish the fight but I don’t want that to cloud me just flat out getting the most dominating win of my career. Fight of the night written on it for sure though!”

We look forward for this fight June 6th 2015!

Mark Munoz: where does Mark Munoz belong in UFC history

Mark Munoz 13-6 recently defeated Luke Barnatt 8-2. Mark Munoz has indicated in interviews that he is official retiring (Retirement)  from the UFC. Following his victory against Luke Barnatt, Mark gave a touching speech and left his UFC gloves in the middle of the octagon. With Mark Munoz’s UFC career coming to end there is an interesting question: Does Mark Munoz belong in the UFC hall of fame? With the new revamp to the hall of fame there is 2 categories Mark Munoz could fall under the modern era wing or the fight wing.

Mark Munoz is regarded by others as a great wrestling coach and overall a nice guy in the MMA community. If peers would hold a voting there is no doubt that Mark Munoz makes the UFC hall of fame. The real issue is did Mark Munoz do enough inside the UFC octagon?

Mark Munoz sports a 13-6 UFC record which is not that impressive when you compare to the likes of Anderson Silva who is 100% a UFC hall of famer. Anderson has a 34-6 record in the UFC even Damian Maia who lost to Mark Munoz has a better looking record of 20-6 overall record. One came make the case that Mark Munoz fought elite talent but Mark never had an epic run where he reached title contention. Based on record I have to say Mark Munoz is not a modern era UFC hall of famer. Also to back up that point Mark never won a UFC title either. Current hall of famer have won UFC gold except Stephen Bonner but that leads on to the next UFC hall of fame wing.

Mark Munoz had some exciting fights like his fight with Damian Maia, Kendall Grove and Chris Leben. Now is any of those fights worth the Hall of fame? I would have to say Mark Munoz fight with Chris Leben is the fight that has the best chance. At the point in time Mark Munoz was on a 3 fight win streak and Leben had just came off a victory over Wanderlei Silva so the fight had great implications. The fight was also the main event fight of a PPV and the first ever 5 round non title fight. The fight delivered great action from both fighters but in the end Mark Munoz won due to corner stoppage. I think the fight does make into the fight wing and allows Mark Munoz to make it into the UFC hall of fame.

Overall I think Mark Munoz does make it into the UFC Hall of Fame. Let the conversation continue by letting us know where you think Mark Munoz belongs in UFC history.