Demetrious Johnson launches astonishing attack on the UFC and Dana White

The flyweight champion claims he is being bullied by the promotion

BY Simon Maguire 15:33 Monday 5 June 2017, 15:33 5 Jun 2017

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UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has launched a scathing attack on the UFC and president Dana White.

The pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet claims he is being bullied by Dana White and that he is not being marketed properly. 

In a summary of a statement released to MMAFighting.com, Johnson said: "I agreed to their tyrannical demand to fight Ray Borg and Ray also agreed.

"UFC has refused to give me PPV points on any future flyweight bouts, and has never given me any PPV points on previous bouts. My request was fair and the matchmaker in charge of the flyweight and bantamweight division agreed.

"I gave UFC fair conditions to change the fight to TJ Dillashaw and they refused.

"Dana and Sean have told me that they have no interest in marketing me or the smaller divisions, so when they say that I will make PPV money vs. Dillashaw, they leave out the fact that I have to hit certain numbers of buys, which will not be hit if they fail in marketing me like they have in my previous fights.

"If TJ doesn’t make weight, I can’t break the record for the most consecutive title defenses and they have denied paying me in that circumstance.

"Dana has made an effort to bully me in the media as well as in private, in order to get what he wants, even though it is not what is best for me or the sport.

"If Dana says this will be a big PPV fight for me, and that they will promote it properly, then he can pay for it up front and explain to Ray Borg why he is being taken out of the fight that the UFC matchmaker in charge of the division put him in. Otherwise, it is just another lie and attempt to bully me to do something that Dana wants, but is not the right thing to do for the sport or my career.

"UFC’s track record in making an effort to promote my fights, and Dana’s claim that this is a big chance for PPV dollars for me tells a different story than what Dana is stating to the public."

Johnson is also due to appear on the MMAHour later to discuss his current situation. 

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