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White: Demetrious Johnson vs TJ Dillashaw ‘not happening’ because ‘Mighty Mouse’ is hurt and ‘out for awhile’

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Since Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has no problem booking champion vs. champion contests, evidenced by Georges St-Pierre vs. Michael Bisping and Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier, among others, it seemed like a matter of if, not when, Demetrious Johnson would move up to bantamweight — or let TJ Dillashaw come down to flyweight — for the tiniest super fight on record.

Not happening.

That’s according to promotion president Dana White, who told L.A. Times that Johnson is hurt, presumable from his recent surgery, and won’t be returning to the Octagon anytime soon. In addition, White insists the bout was never on the table and Dillashaw has another fight in the works.

I guess we can finally put an end to the “insanity.”

That’s okay from a 135-pound perspective, as Dillashaw has some work to do after recapturing his crown from Cody Garbrandt. In addition to the winner of Jimmie Rivera vs. Marlon Moraes, the former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) finalist can run it back with Dominick Cruz somewhere down the line.

As for Johnson, he (and the rest of the weight class) can afford some time off, since “Mighty Mouse” has pretty much cleaned out the division en route to a record-setting title reign. That said, the timetable for his return has yet to be determined.

Stay tuned.