After Cody Garbrandt was forced to withdraw from his much-anticipated Bantamweight title fight against T.J. Dillashaw, which was set to co-headline UFC 213 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 9, 2017, company president Dana White revealed that he was interested in booking the former 135-pound kingpin against Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson later this year.
Unfortunately, “Mighty Mouse” isn’t interesting in promoting the potential match up ... at all.
Just so the world know I haven't agreed to anything still waiting on my contract to fight @tazmexufc not @TJDillashaw if he wants a title— Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouseUFC) May 24, 2017
Shot he can come to flyweight and get a win then get his turn— Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouseUFC) May 24, 2017
That prompted Dillashaw to hold an online poll to see who mixed mixed martial arts (MMA) fans would rather see fight Johnson: Himself or No. 3-ranked division contender Ray Borg:
Would you rather see @MightyMouseUFC headline Seattle and fight Me or @tazmexufc ?— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) May 24, 2017
Borg soon jumped on his social media account to respond:
@TJDillashaw @MightyMouseUFC Lol of course fans are going to choose you, look at how much more established you are than me.— Ray Borg (@tazmexufc) May 24, 2017
Borg was compelled to elaborate:
Here is were I stand goodnight. pic.twitter.com/9i1LbVVHBa— Ray Borg (@tazmexufc) May 24, 2017
There was a time when Johnson was interested in a “super fight” against Dillashaw when “Viper” was holding the 135-pound strap. But, since the big-money offer never came — and T.J. went on to cough up his title — “Mighty Mouse” doesn’t see much point in fighting at the moment.
Borg, however, has won two straight bouts at 125 pounds, setting himself up nicely as the next title contender. That’s because the other two men ranked above him -- Joseph Benavidez and Henry Cejudo -- have already had their shot at Johnson and were defeated handily.
What say you, Maniacs, who do you feel should get next crack at Johnson?