'Mighty' Johnson baffled by McGregor's baffling remarks on flyweight division

Monday, December 03, 2018

The UFC recently traded the conceivably best welterweight ever, Ben Askren, to ONE Championship for arguably the greatest fighter in MMA history, former UFC flyweight champ Demetrious 'Mighty' Johnson. The UFC is also considering shuttering the entire division.

Former UFC champ champ Conor McGregor posted on his social network an accusatory message about ONE. It may have been a well-intention effort to get ONE to pick up the division wholesale, but the tone was hard to understand, and the reasoning was hard to follow.

“I mean they were talking about closing it two years ago,” said Johnson to BJPenn.com. “It’s not the first time they’ve ever brought it up, you know? They were talking about closing when I was a champion, and I was like ‘okay, it is what it is. ... The UFC was planning on getting rid of flyweight division when I was the champion — finishing people, not taking people to decision, finishing people.”

“I don’t get where this logic comes behind that. What makes him think Chatri owes somebody something?”

“If he’s worried flyweights losing their jobs, I’m pretty sure he has a huge stake in the UFC company now. I’m sure he can go to Dana, and be like Dana, ‘Keep these guys, these guys are fucking amazing. Let’s try to do this right. Let’s try to promote them.’ Facilitate a meeting of those who can [change things], with Proper Whiskey. ‘Let’s sit down and have a good talk.’ I’m sure he could come up with something if he really wanted to do it.”

“As I said, that’s Conor’s opinion of what he thinks should happen. This is a guy who just business, you know, the Barclay’s Center [thing], throwing the dolly in the bus, hurting multiple people. I truly think he doesn’t care. But that’s just my personal opinion.”

However, Johnson now has other goals - the ONE belt.

“I want to be a champion,” he said. “I know it’s not going to be easy. I’m just looking forward to being able to do my best over at ONE Championship and see where we go from there.”