UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson was supposed to defend the gold against Ray Borg at UFC 215, but the fight was canceled after Borg fell ill.
Since the champion didn’t compete at the event, then he is unsure that he is going to get any kind of paycheck.
“Obviously they’re trying to re-book this fight as soon as possible,” Johnson said on The MMA Hour. “Which will be twenty days, so I got to go back into training camp for another 3-4 weeks. Usually if it’s a quick turn around, then typically they don’t pay the athlete. But hopefully they do make this happen on October 7, if it’s possible, so then I can get a pay cheque. As far as I’m concerned my black ass should be going to the bank to deposit a cheque right now and taking my kids to school. But that’s not happening.”
Generally, if a fighter is pulled from the card of the day of weigh-ins, then the remaining fighter weighs in and if they make weight, will receive show money.
Unfortunately, the UFC Flyweight Champion didn’t have an opportunity to make weight at the weigh-ins.
In the end, the champion knows that he cannot control what his opponent does, because the only thing he can do is show up.
“Don’t get me wrong,” Johnson said. “The first thing they told me when they said ‘stop cutting weight’ — the first thing I said was ‘how the fuck do I get my money? Do I need to finish cutting weight so I can jump on the scale so I get my pay cheque? All I can do is do what I do best, get ready for my fight and hope he shows up. I got to go out there and put this man away and make sure you guys have a champ that’s always going to show up, always going to fight and always going to make weight.”
Rumors suggest the title fight may be rescheduled for UFC 216 on October 7, but nothing has been made official at this time.
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