Newly crowned UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway expressed his support for current UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrius Johnson in Johnson’s public dispute with the UFC and Dana White.
In an interview for the UFC-owned “UFC Unfiltered” podcast, Holloway responded to questions about Johnson’s refusal to defend his title against former UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw.
“I totally agree with D.J. (Johnson),” he said. “Look at me. I know hoe D.J. feels right now. Imagine if D.J fought T.J. and T.J. didn’t make weight, and D.J. was like, ‘You know what, I’ll still fight,” and D.J. wins, and he don’t get a title defense. And it doesn’t count, that whole camp is for nothing. It’s cool to win or whatever.”
Holloway went on the relate the Johnson situation to his own in the Featherweight Division where Holloway has won 11 straight fights, but has only officially won eight straight within the division due to his fight with Clay Collard at UFC Fight Night 49 being a catchweight bout.
Demetrius Johnson has publicly stated that he initially proposed to fight Sergio Pettis, but eventually compromised to fight Roy Borg.
Johnson has stated his unwillingness to fight Dillashaw without some extra contractual assurances if Dillashaw does not make the 125 lb. limit required for a UFC Flyweight Championship fight.
Dillashaw was scheduled to face UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt at UFC 213, before Garbrandt was forced to pull out due to a back injury.