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Henry Cejudo Wants T.J. Dillashaw First, Then Demetrious Johnson Rematch

Moments after capturing the Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight title last month at UFC 227, Henry Cejudo called out the winner of the preceding bantamweight bout between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt.
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UFC Has TJ Dillashaw Staring Down Henry Cejudo … Super Fight Imminent?

Will Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) book a bantamweight vs. flyweight championship “super fight” between reigning 135-pound titleholder TJ Dillashaw and newly-minted 125-pound kingpin Henry Cejudo?

Promotion president Dana White isn’t ruling it out.

One of the big questions heading into that proposed showdown following their respective wins at UFC 227 is why Demetrious Johnson isn’t entitled to an immediate rematch based on his record-setting accomplishments. The other is how Dillashaw and Cejudo match up inside the cage.

UFC fan and Extra host Mario Lopez has one of the two answers in the video above.

There is also some unfinished business at bantamweight with both Dominick Cruz and Raphael Assuncao — each holding past wins over Dillashaw — claiming their right to the next 135-pound title shot.

But UFC is in the business of making money (obviously) and will likely book the bout that gets the most bang for the buck. Whether or not that’s Dillashaw vs. Cejudo remains to be seen.

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Cejudo Against Johnson Trilogy: ‘We Need New Storylines In Our Weight Class’

Henry Cejudo made history earlier this month when he defeated Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227 to claim the undisputed flyweight title and stop “Mighty Mouse” from securing his record 12th-straight UFC title defense.

Now the champion of an undervalued 125-pound class, Cejudo is hoping his title reign injects new life into a division dictated by one man over the past five years. While most people around the mixed martial arts (MMA) community agree that Johnson’s track record is enough to land him an immediate trilogy fight opposite Cejudo, especially considering “Might Mouse” defeated “Messenger” via TKO two years ago, Cejudo is making the case that he should fight a new challenger next.

“I would agree when it comes to the statistics side of it,” Cejudo recently said on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show when discussing Johnson’s bid for a trilogy bout. “But at the same time, I know what the UFC’s trying to create, man. I had to wait two and a half years to face Demetrious Johnson.

“I had to wait, too. And it’s also good, too, for our weight class to start new storylines that have noting to do with Demetrious Johnson. We need new storylines in our weight class.”

Johnson, who suffered his first loss at flyweight at UFC 227, will have to heal up before he even thinks about taking another fight. But if the former champion wants another crack at his crown, why wouldn’t UFC oblige?

According to Cejudo, anyone other than “Mighty Mouse” would be a good choice for UFC as the promotion tries to reinvent the 125-pound division and create new interest among fight fans.

“Think about it…let’s just say Demetrious Johnson beats me for the trilogy,” Cejudo said. “Again, that goes back to not building a storyline. I think Demetrious Johnson may agree with me. Just for the sake of our weight class, I think it would be good. I think it would be good to see somebody else, for now, except for Demetrious Johnson.”

If not Johnson then who?

Well, Cejudo has already competed in close bouts with top contenders Sergio Pettis, Joseph Benavidez, and Jussier Formiga, so either one of those guys would work. Pettis and Formiga are currently scheduled to lock horns at UFC 229 on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas so the winner could very well fight Cejudo by the end of the year.

We’ll have to wait and see how this entire situation plays out, but it wouldn’t surprise fight fans either way. Johnson undoubtedly deserves his chance for redemption, but the flyweight division hasn’t necessarily flourished under his rule in the past.

What do you think, Maniacs? Who gets the next shot at flyweight gold?

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Cejudo Looking To Become ‘Triple Champ’ After UFC 227 Title Win

Henry Cejudo may not have finished Demetrious Johnson last night (Sat., Aug. 4, 2018) at UFC 227 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., but the former Olympic gold medalist did enough to edge out “Mighty Mouse” and walk away with the undisputed UFC flyweight title.

The performance put forth by Cejudo was simply amazing considering Johnson had never lost at flyweight and was aiming to secure his 12th straight title defense. In defeating the pound-for-pound legend, Cejudo cements his legacy as a UFC champion and steals away the momentum for a Johnson vs. T. J. Dillashaw superfight, which has been talked about too much.

After his victory, Cejudo declared himself eligible to move up in weight and challenge Dillashaw at 135 pounds, especially after the UFC champion defended his bantamweight belt opposite Cody Garbrandt in UFC 227’s main event. Cejudo is looking to become a “triple champ” after taking out “Mighty Mouse” and believes a move to 135 would do him well.

“If you guys watch my fight look at how muscular, how much bigger I am than Demetrious Johnson,” said Cejudo during the post-fight press conference (full video replay here). “I’m a tank, man. I can easily fill out at 135 pounds and feel good.

“The other reason, too, they’ve always talked about T.J and D.J. superfight. They neglected Henry Cejudo in the promos. They neglected Henry Cejudo in practically everything. And I get it because America is all about winners. Now that I’m a winner, I’m asking. I’m an Olympic champ. I’m a UFC champ. And now I’m asking to be a triple champ.”

The newly minted flyweight king is open to the idea of T.J. Dillashaw moving down and challenging for the 125-pound title, but “Messenger” would rather move up for the sake of the record books.

“If he wants to come down we can talk, I’d rather go up,” added Cejudo. “I want to make history.”

After UFC 227 Dillashaw revealed he was disappointed in Johnson’s performance, but did say he believes “Mighty Mouse” should get an immediate rematch with Cejudo given his flyweight track record. That would essentially put Cejudo’s triple champ request to rest, although nothing is set in stone.

For now, the talk of superfights will continue to buzz. In today’s mixed martial arts (MMA), that’s simply par for the course. But if Dillashaw were to move down or if UFC decides it wants a champion vs. champion showdown at bantamweight, Cejudo must be involved.

Talk about a good time to upset the greatest fighter of all time.

For complete UFC 227 results and coverage click here.

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‘Neglected’ Henry Cejudo Had Chip on Shoulder After First Loss to Demetrious Johnson

During his streak of 11 consecutive flyweight title defenses, Demetrious Johnson rarely lost rounds as he usually outclassed every opponent put in front of him.
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UFC 227 Bonuses: Cejudo, Johnson Snag ‘Fight of the Night’ Honors for Tense Title Bout

It’s not every night that a record title reign comes to an end.
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UFC 227 Bonuses: Cejudo, Johnson Snag ‘Fight of the Night’ Honors for Tense Title Bout

It’s not every night that a record title reign comes to an end.
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UFC 227 Bonuses: Cejudo, Johnson Snag ‘Fight of the Night’ Honors for Tense Title Bout

It’s not every night that a record title reign comes to an end.
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UFC 227 Bonuses: Cejudo, Johnson Snag ‘Fight of the Night’ Honors for Tense Title Bout

It’s not every night that a record title reign comes to an end.
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UFC Flyweight Contender Henry Cejudo Inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Before he became one of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s top flyweight contenders, Henry Cejudo was a decorated wrestler at the amateur level.
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