The angle that is continuously pushed is, he would have made more money than he usually does, it would have been his biggest purse ever, he would have got PPV points, TJ has to cut down so why is he scared? Demetrious Johnson's last 3 fight purses have been 440k, 350k, 255k - that is a total of just over $1.04 mil. You tell me now, how much more do you reckon he gets to fight TJ? His base rate for his last two fights has been 350k, would it be the same? Possibly. Let's just say it was higher, let's say 500k. These are all rumours, but it was said that Conor McGregor made anywhere between 7-8 million from the Diaz fight at UFC 202. He was given 3 million to show, which means that he took home 5 million or so from PPV, and that event did a reported 1.65 million buys. Simple math would show that he would then have taken home 5% of the overall PPV revenue. 1.65 million x $60 is 99 million, 5 million of 99 million is 5.05%. Let's just say the numbers above are roughly true. That would mean that Demetrious at a MAXIMUM would be entitled to 5% of the PPV. TJ would also be taking home some PPV, I have no doubt in that. I also have a very hard time believing that Demetrious would be taking home the same % as Conor, so with that said how much would he really be getting? 2%? 2% of what is the better question lol. You think a card headlined by DJ/TJ sells PPV? The card would struggle to do anything more than 250k buys, it would be a miracle of promotion if they were to do anything upward of 300k. So again going back to the maths. $60 PPV x 250k potential buys = $15 million - that is a horrible turnover. 2% of 15 million is 300k. Demetrious could make that fighting Ray Borg or Sergio Pettis. My point is, why on earth are we using money as a tool to criticize Johnson? He doesn't want to face a bigger, tougher fighter, for marginally more money - why is that a bad business move? People are making threads left, right and center about how he's demoted to the co-main event and they are acting like he blew it somehow. As I said before, it's the long game. Why risk a loss to Dillashaw? Lose your belt, lose your clout as champion and therefore earn less. If Dillashaw knocked Johnson out, you really think Johnson is making 350k to show in a non-title fight!? If Dillashaw was a non-title fight I think he'd take the fight with PPV points in a heartbeat, but why risk your future cheque, that would be silly. I would have thought that you'd all know how corrupt the UFC are by this stage. They would feel no way about demoting Demetrious to a 150k payday if he lost that title to Dillashaw.