In the UFC, the men’s flyweight division doesn’t get the respect it deserves. There is often talk of the guys being too small in the division at 125lbs, so it doesn’t draw the attention like the heavyweights do. Also, it has been dominated by current champion, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (27-2-1) for so long, 5 years and 11 title defenses to be exact, that somebody coming in and upsetting the champion seems impossible.
But tonight at UFC 227: Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt 2 from Dallas, TX, Los Angeles native Henry Cejudo (12-2) will get another chance at the belt in the co-main event of the evening and is ready to bring something different to the table this time around. And Johnson is ready for that as well. “I’m super excited for this fight against Cejudo,” said Johnson. “Obviously we have a past that was two years ago and I’m sure he’s going to go out there and try to show me something new and I’m looking forward to that.”
Cejudo is coming into this fight on a two fight win streak, one of those being a Performance of the Night against Wilson Reis as UFC 215 and knows that he will need another fight like that against Johnson if he wants to avenge his last fight. “That’s something that Demetrious has done well,” said Cejudo. “He’s done everything. He’s done everything right.” The margin for error for Cejudo, like all of Johnson’s opponents that he’s beaten will be zero if Cejudo wants to steal the night away from Mighty Mouse.
In their first fight in April of 2016 at UFC 197, Johnson has the perfect game plan to shut down Cejudo. Clinch and don’t allow Cejudo any room to work or get the upper hand. This plan worked thus getting Johnson a first round knockout. This time around, Cejudo knows what to expect and is ready to shock the world in what has all the makings for a summertime classic fight to remember. “I’ve trained everything and traveled the world trying to learn from the best surgeons in MMA,” explained Cejudo. “I’ve done my homework on Demetrious Johnson. I’ve done my due diligence and I can’t wait until August 4th.”
Henry Cejudo will face Demetrious Johnson for the UFC Flyweight title at UFC 227: Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt 2 LIVE on PPV. 10pm ET/7pm PT.
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