FRIDAY NEWS DIGEST 10/13: “Mighty Mouse” needs more money to move up, Dana White states that Dos Anjos vs. Lawler winner gets title shot, Jesse Taylor accepts one-year suspension


Demetrious Johnson

“Mighty Mouse” needs more money if the UFC wants him to move up

Demetrious Johnson is a great champion, but most people don’t know that and a good number of the ones that do just simply don’t care. He is a small guy, and though he is entertaining, for whatever reason he just doesn’t seem to appeal to fans. Some blame the UFC for this, saying that they haven’t done enough to promote the long-time champion, while others blame his size for his lack of popularity. Whatever it is, most people seem to agree that one way to get over the hump would be a super fight with a bantamweight, which is something that Johnson is open to under the right conditions. Johnson wants more money to move up, which is a logical request, but it does leave you wondering about his legacy and his future earnings potential if he stays at 125.

Cole’s Analysis: One of the things that make Conor McGregor so popular is the perception that he takes on all comers. Sure, some MMA fans disagree, but casual fans see him as a guy that has fought in several weight classes, has won several titles, and even moved over to boxing to face the best that they had to offer. So, while I do understand Johnson not wanting to move until he gets more money, it seems very likely that a move up is a step TOWARDS getting more money. The UFC doesn’t value him like they should, and that’s unfortunate, so he has to make himself stick out and refusing to move to take interesting fights will not help him in that regard.

Dana White states that Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Robbie Lawler winner will receive title shot

A big fight just got bigger with the announcement that the winner of the upcoming Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Robbie Lawler fight will receive the next welterweight title shot. The two will tangle at the upcoming UFC on Fox 26 card.

Jesse Taylor accepts one-year suspension from USADA

After initially claiming that he did not take any illegal supplements, Jesse Taylor has accepted a one-year ban from USADA after testing positive for clomiphene.


Fight Announcements

Jake Matthews announces return to Welterweight; will face Bojan Velickovic on UFC: Sydney card

The rumored Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas rematch has been confirmed as the main event of UFC on Fox 26

Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder announced for UFC 218

Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio announced for UFC on Fox 26

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