UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson doesn’t believe being black has had a negative impact on his career, despite his fellow UFC comrade and welterweight champion Tyron Woodley saying recently that for him it has.
In an interview with MMA Hour, Johnson waxed poetic about the subject of race in the sport as well as some other vaguely related topics.
“I don’t want to say it’s an issue because obviously I’ve been promoted very well as the flyweight champion. But can I say that people might feel there is? Yeah, probably people feel it,” Johnson said, admitting that the thought has even entered his own head. “If I were to say that’s never came into my mind, I’d be lying to the world. But I don’t think Dana White has ever been like, ‘I’m not gonna look at that [expletive], he’s black. Get somebody else in front of me.’ I don’t think Dana White is doing that. But I’m saying if people feel that way, it’s possible that some people feel that way. That’s just how it is.”
Johnson cited a bizarre example, the case of internet sensation Danielle Bregoli, aka the “Cash Me Outside” girl to illustrate how some fighters have drawing power where others do not.
“I guarantee you if you get her some gloves and put her in the Octagon, she would be the highest selling pay-per-view fighter in the world,” Johnson said. “She’d probably do way more numbers than Ronda. Just because she brings drama and negativity to wherever she goes.”