A champion vs champion showdown between Demetrious Johnson and TJ Dillashaw has been shelved, according to UFC president Dana White.
Flyweight title-holder Johnson and two-time bantamweight champion Dillashaw had been tipped to go head-to-head this summer, with the latter willing to drop down in weight to 125 pounds to make the fight happen.
The two fighters themselves had made it clear on social media that they were keen to lock horns.
(chancellor palpatine voice) stronger…. faster… more powerful! pic.twitter.com/4R9mA3OQhV
— Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouseUFC) March 22, 2018
But White has told the Los Angeles Times that the clash is “not happening” – mainly because Johnson is still recovering from a shoulder injury.
“It was never made. Plus, DJ is hurt and out for a while,” said White.
Johnson – who boasts a 14-fight unbeaten streak – had been hoping to return to the Octagon in time for July’s International Fight Week, although that now appears to be in question.
It is unclear who the UFC are lining up to face Dillashaw too after he earned a second round knockout win over long-time rival Cody Garbrandt last November.