The fact that Demetrious Johnson is on the verge of making history next weekend has definitely been lost in the Mayweather – McGregor mix somewhat. But it sounds like “Mighty Mouse” is still focused on the task at hand.
Johnson is scheduled to fight Ray Borg at UFC 215, which will go down on September 9th in Edmonton, Alberta. If Johnson defeats the rising flyweight, it will mark the 11th time he’s defended the 125 crown. The current record for title defenses is held by Johnson, alongside former middleweight champion, Anderson Silva.
While next weekend’s bout is a pretty big deal, there hasn’t been a ton of talk in the MMA lately about Johnson – Borg. A big reason for that, of course, is because of last Saturday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. Case in point, Paulie Malignaggi has been in more MMA headlines the last couple of weeks, on account of his well documented fall out with McGregor.
Well, recently Johnson was asked about the fact his historic night has been overshadowed as of late, during a media call to promote UFC 215. Here’s what the galaxy class fight had to say about that fact (quote via MMA Junkie):
“At the end of the day it’s still going to be a historic night for me whether I win or lose. I plan on winning,” Johnson said . “So, with that being said, I’m not going to let McGregor or Mayweather or their 6.5 million pay-per-view buys water down my thing. Or the UFC advertising UFC 216 instead of UFC 215 and (advertising) the May-Mac pay-per-views. That just shows you where their mind is at right now when it comes to promoting.”
It’s good to hear that Johnson seems to understand why Mayweather – McGregor has been dominating the news. But, it also sounds like there’s still some baggage there, in terms of his relationship with the UFC. After all, it wasn’t long ago that Johnson and Dana White were trading shots through the media, after the champ said he wouldn’t fight TJ Dillashaw.
Hopefully, if Johnson scores another impressive win at UFC 215, he’ll start getting the level of mainstream attention he deserves.