Demetrious Johnson-TJ Dillashaw Superfight Shelved for Now

Ruben Hill
March 24, 2018

One of the year's most highly anticipated super-fights seems to be losing support from company brass.

While it seemed like the two champions were on a collision course for a bout later this year, UFC president Dana White has just shot down the possibility while saying that the promotion is now working on alternate plans for both fighters.

So, while it looks like this fight's not happening anytime soon, you never know; it could go down in the future.

There were addition rumors that the champion versus champion encounter would occur at UFC 226, which already has a super fight in heavyweight kingpin Stipe Miocic defending against light heavyweight title holder Daniel Cormier.

But with so many other cards to fill, the UFC peeled away women's bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes from a showdown with women's featherweight titan Cris Cyborg and put Nunes on UFC 223 in Rio in May. White has claimed that Johnson is still out with an injury after having shoulder surgery.

"It was never made".

White told the Los Angeles Times that the fight "is not happening".

Any of those fighters could be next in line when the UFC finally makes their decision on who will get the next crack at Dillashaw and the bantamweight title. Neither man has proven to be much of a blockbuster draw, though, complicating the negotiations.

Despite the positive signs being there, UFC president Dana White has sadly poured cold water of a super fight featuring Johnson and Dillashaw. With a handful of the division's top contenders now unavailable, it's possible the UFC may revisit that rematch as Dillashaw's next fight.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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