Per MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani, the 30-year-old American, tied with Anderson Silva for the record of most consecutive title defenses in UFC history, has released a statement outlining how he has been treated by the MMA organization.
He references grievances with how little promotion he is given by the UFC.
"With me, the UFC chooses not to market the best fighter in the world and arguably the greatest fighter of all time," he wrote.
Johnson added he'd been forced now to speak out as his "values and character as a person and a fighter are being tarnished."
MMA writer Jim Edwards provided the fighter's closing summary of his lengthy statement, which outlined his version of the events surrounding the choosing of his next opponent:
The damning words come following White labeling it "insanity" that Johnson should not want to take on former bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw in his next fight.
"At the end of the day, you know how I am with that stuff, unfortunately for D.J. you don't make the fights around here—I do. So that's the fight we're pushing for. That's the fight. I talked to T.J. Dillashaw yesterday. That's the fight he wants, he's ready, he's already cutting weight," White told the UFC Unfiltered podcast (via MMA Fighting's Jed Meshaw).
With Dillashaw never having fought at flyweight before, Johnson expressed concerns that he would not be able to make weight and could therefore jeopardise his chance to become the UFC's most successful ever champion.