The next crack at UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson seems like it will go to one of two men. The first of these two men is flyweight contender Ray Borg. The other is former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw, who has said repeatedly that he’s willing to undertake the cut to flyweight to take on the dominant Mighty Mouse.
According to Borg, however, Dillashaw’s winning the flyweight title could be disastrous for the division. The flyweight contender worries that the bantamweight champ may win gold from Mighty Mouse, then return to bantamweight, effectively holding the flyweight title hostage as he does.
“What frustrates me is that if T.J. wins that belt, it’s going to be the same situation as Conor [McGregor] at 145 and 155,” Borg said on the MMA Circus Podcast. “That belt’s going to be held hostage. He’s not gonna be able to make 125 multiple times to defend it. I’m sure. So if he wins it at 125, he wants to do it just to be another champ. And then he moves up to 135, and then what does that do to the 125-pound division? A vacant belt that everyone’s gotta fight for again?”
Luckily for Borg, Mighty Mouse doesn’t seem to interested in a fight with Dillashaw – though he is suspicious that this is a negotiation tactic.
“I think it was a tactic towards the UFC,” Borg said. “If he does fight Dillashaw, he doesn’t want to make the same money he’s making now. I feel like he would settle and make the same money — maybe a little bit more — versus me, but because T.J.’s already a star and [the UFC is] pushing [the Dillashaw fight] on him so bad, I think it was more of a tactic to be like, ‘Alright, I’m fighting Ray Borg, not T.J.’ And then the UFC’s gonna wanna make it happen, so they’re gonna be like, ‘Well, what’s it gonna take, DJ?’ And they’re gonna throw him a little more cash, and that’s what he wants.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/4/2017.