Demetrious Johnson Wants Bigger Payout to Fight T.J. Dillashaw

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Demetrious Johnson needs to see the dollar signs before agreeing to a bout with T.J. Dillashaw.

It’s no secret that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has tried booking Johnson vs. Dillashaw for a while. The promotion was even reconsidering Ray Borg’s promised title shot. Borg ended up getting his title opportunity.

During a recent appearance on “The MMA Hour” Johnson said money is the only thing in the way of a “super fight” with Dillashaw in July (via

“You guys see the pay scale, and you can see where I am at. I am not going to go really into that, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable what I am asking for, I believe I deserve it. People are going to say this is a true super fight, and when everything is done and said, when you look at the numbers I want them to look at and can say, ‘that was worth it.’”

Johnson continued, “But it’s now on Malki and UFC. I am going to do what I’m good at, which is to get better and when it comes time to fight I’ll go out there and put on a great show. Maybe I’ll do a new submission out there, something no one’s ever seen.”

Leave a comment below. Will we ever see Demetrious Johnson vs. T.J. Dillashaw?


  1. I don’t blame the guy wanting a bigger payout, he has performed everytime. It’s a shame cause the guy is hardly promoted and if he was, we could really expect him to be a huge draw, but it does come down too “It’s only midgets fighting”, so Dana isn’t really a fan of the smaller fighters.

  2. Fair enough.The guy gets paid chump change yet they throw tons of money at GSP when he sat on the sidelines for years,meanwhile DJ is killing bums.Pay the guy what he’s worth.

  3. Business is business, I get that Demetrious Johnson isn’t paid those big bucks because he doesn’t draw anywhere close to big bucks. It is what it is, kinda thing. However, like he’s pointing out, this is a champion vs. champion super fight that will end up on a stacked card. He deserves to place all the chips he’s been saving up throughout his lengthy career on the table and gamble for a big payday for this specific fight. If any fight he does is going to generate interest and result in money for the company, it’s this one, so if he’s gonna fight and hold out for more money at any point in his career, now is the time to do it. Go for yours, Mighty Mouse!


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