He did not just say that.
UFC Flyweight Champion and Pound for Pound #1 Ranked Fighter Demetrious Johnson has made a very wild statement.
Since the rise to fame of stars like Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor, a lot of UFC champions have questioned whether they are being promoted correctly. The most notable detractor has been Welterweight champion Tryon Woodley. He brought up the topic of race as a factor for under-promotion which sparked questions among the MMA community.
Other champions have been less vocal about similar issues. One of the lesser vocal champions is ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson. When discussing the topic of promotion and PPV draws, a wild theory came in to his head. This involved recent internet sensation Danielle Bregoli, who famously appeared on Dr Phil and delivered the quote ‘Cash me outside, how bou dah.’ Mighty Mouse believes she would be a top draw in the UFC.
“I guarantee you if you get [Cash me outside girl] some gloves and put her in the Octagon, she would be the highest selling pay-per-view fighter in the world. She’d probably do way more numbers than Ronda. Just because she brings drama and negativity to wherever she goes.”
We do have to bear in mind that the ‘Cash me outside girl’ is just thirteen years of age. But he does have a point. It’s the polarising characters that have attracted the most attention inside the Octagon.
Speaking further on the issue of promotion, Mighty Mouse is aware of the issues champions face and has thought about it before.
“As an athlete, you have to sit back and think like, ‘Why won’t they push my work? I’m an analyst, I’m a husband, I’m a father, I don’t do drugs. I never disrespected anybody on a big level. So why won’t they promote me, but they’ll promote this guy? … Do you think it’s because I’m black or is it because he’s white?”
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