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Henry Cejudo Believes Demetrious Johnson Could Easily Defeat T.J. Dillashaw

Former flyweight title challenger Henry Cejudo has weighed in with his thoughts on the outcome of a potential superfight between the current Ultimate Fighting Championship 125-pound champion Demetrious Johnson and bantamweight ace T.J. Dillashaw.
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Demetrious Johnson: TJ Dillashaw not on my level in pound-for-pound conversation

Ultimate Fighting championship (UFC) Flyweight champions has had a firm grasp on the No. 1 pound-for-pound ranking for quite some time thanks to his terrorizing reign over the division, which includes 11 straight title defenses.

And as a potential super fight between he and UFC Bantamweight king T.J. Dillashaw gets closer to becoming a reality, “Mighty Mouse” doesn’t even want to hear about “Viper” being close to him in the P4P discussion.

“I think the reason I’m the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world is I beat everyone in my division,” Johnson told ESPN. “He’s had close fights with guys in his division, like Raphael Assuncao. Dominick Cruz beat him. His last fight, against Cody [Garbrandt], he got dropped,” he added.

As it stands, Dillashaw is ranked No. 7 on the list.

”It’s a little different, especially when you’re talking about a bigger guy going down to fight a smaller guy. I think the reason people put that label on me is I’ve beaten every single type of style and skill set that’s come to me. I beat John Dodson twice — TJ lost to Dodson,” said Johnson.

T.J. has been pining for a shot at Johnson’s title after he reclaimed his 135-pound strap by knocking out Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217. If the fight comes to be — which Johnson is very interested in — and if T.J. scores a win, Johnson says no way he should he be considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Because at the end of the day, it’s all about longevity, says Johnson.

“If he were to beat me, and everyone would say, ‘Oh, he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world!’ and the next thing you know, he gets knocked out in a bantamweight fight, I would say that ‘reign’ would be cheap. It’s not warranted,“ he added.

”The reason I have that label is my longevity as a champion and dominating higher competition. His fight against Cody wasn’t a blowout, they exchanged and his punch landed. It wasn’t like he dominated him in wrestling or jiu-jitsu. That’s my personal opinion.”

Indeed, Johnson — who hasn’t tasted defeat since 2011 in a 135-pound scrap against Dominick Cruz — has had his way with the 125-pound weight class and has made it look effortlessly.

Should he beat the current champion in a weight class above, then his lead in the pound-for-pound race extends even further.

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Demetrious Johnson Fixes What Was Broken – Was Something Broken?

UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson finally got that surgery to fix his shoulder, so now he can start winning some fights. Wait. He hasn’t lost a fight since 2011. In fact, he’s probably the pound-for-pound best fighter in the sport given his record and accomplishments. So, uh, was something broken that needed fixing? I guess […]

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Demetrious Johnson Fixes What Was Broken – Was Something Broken?

UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson finally got that surgery to fix his shoulder, so now he can start winning some fights. Wait. He hasn’t lost a fight since 2011. In fact, he’s probably the pound-for-pound best fighter in the sport given his record and accomplishments. So, uh, was something broken that needed fixing? I guess […]

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Demetrious Johnson Fixes What Was Broken – Was Something Broken?

UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson finally got that surgery to fix his shoulder, so now he can start winning some fights. Wait. He hasn’t lost a fight since 2011. In fact, he’s probably the pound-for-pound best fighter in the sport given his record and accomplishments. So, uh, was something broken that needed fixing? I guess […]

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Demetrious Johnson Fixes What Was Broken – Was Something Broken?

UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson finally got that surgery to fix his shoulder, so now he can start winning some fights. Wait. He hasn’t lost a fight since 2011. In fact, he’s probably the pound-for-pound best fighter in the sport given his record and accomplishments. So, uh, was something broken that needed fixing? I guess […]

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UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson Undergoes Successful Shoulder Surgery

Demetrious Johnson underwent shoulder surgery on Wednesday to fix an issue that had been giving him pain since December.
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Cody Garbrandt Plans to Drop to Flyweight After UFC 217 to Challenge Demetrious Johnson

Cody Garbrandt doesn’t mind looking one step ahead, in fact, he prefers it.
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UFC 216 results from last night: Demetrious Johnson vs Ray Borg fight recap

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson collided with up-and-comer Ray Borg last night (Oct. 7, 2017) at UFC 216 from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This whole situation was somewhat symbolic of Johnson’s career. Looking to break a record and achieve continued excellence, but still not the main event of a not particularly high-profile event. Still, this was his attempt to score title defense number 11, a significant moment for “Mighty Mouse.”

Borg was in the underdog position that pretty much all of Johnson’s recent opponents have been. He wasn’t expected to pose much of a threat, but “The Taxmexican Devil” nevertheless walked into the cage intent on scoring the upset.

Johnson opened with beautiful range control, circling and landing hard low kicks. He began to step in with kicks the the body and plant crosses, one of which allowed him to circle and briefly take the back. Borg pressured and shot for takedowns, but nothing materialized opposite “Mighty Mouse.”

After a failed shot from Borg, Johnson took top position once more. He worked from half guard for a bit then advanced to side control, attaching the far arm and landing elbows.

Borg defended reasonably well, but he didn’t land a single strike in the first round.

The fight moved in the clinic early in the second. Johnson landed some clean knees, but Borg managed to power into the double leg and take the back standing. Unfortunately for the young gun, Johnson effortlessly slipped out and landed on top.

Johnson’s top game is pretty much perfect. Borg is a strong grappler, but Johnson maneuvered around his guard without much difficulty. All the while, he searched for the Kimora, landed shots, and attempted to take the back.

It was another strong round from the champion.

Once again, Johnson controlled range until his opponent took a bad shot and gave up top control. From there, “Mighty Mouse” continued to flow positionally, looking for ground strikes and submissions. Borg defended, but he wasn’t able do anything else.

Johnson was just too perfect.

Heading into the championship rounds, Borg needed to do something dramatic. He came out aggressively and landed a big double leg, but he just couldn’t keep “DJ” down. In fact, he gave up top position desperately trying to hold the champion on the mat. Borg actually managed to stand back up this time, but his respite was brief, as Johnson slammed him back down with authority.

With five minutes remaining, there was no doubt whose hand would be raised.

Borg came out with some aggression, so Johnson threw him on his ass. For the rest of the bout, it was a replay of previous rounds. Johnson controlled excellently and advanced position, and whenever Borg did manage to get to his feet, he was planted on the mat. Just as it seemed like Johnson was coast to a decision, he slammed Borg and jumped on an arm bar. Borg did his damnedest to resist the submission, but his arm was cranked until he gave in.

This is yet another display of dominance from “Mighty Mouse.” It’s another top contender utterly shutdown; Borg landed less than a dozen strikes, and most were insignificant.

For a five round fight, that’s absolutely insane.

More than that, Johnson out-wrestled and out-grappled the guy who has been winning fights on the mat. He’s simply so good everywhere, and his technical mastery is amplified by the fact that Johnson never gets remotely close to fatigue.

Johnson has an incredible claim as the best ever, and his 11th title defense doesn’t hurt that resumè.

As for Borg, he knows what it’s like to fight “Mighty Mouse.” For 12 weeks or however long his camp was, Borg trained specifically for Johnson and told himself that what happened to all of Johnson’s past opponents wouldn’t happen to him. He’d make it a fight. Things would be different.

They weren’t.

That’s not an attempt to discredit Borg, a great fighter with obvious hurt. It’s just an uncomfortable fact that UFC Flyweights have to live with: “Mighty Mouse” is that good.

Last night, Johnson continued his dominant title reign with another arm bar victory. What’s next for the legendary champion?

For complete UFC 216 “Ferguson vs. Lee” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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Midnight Mania! Former UFC fighter Jason William Day chokes out Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson on movie set

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Superstar Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson has been on the edge of the MMA bubble for a long time. He is widely known for supporting Ronda Rousey in her UFC career, acting alongside her in the Fast and Furious franchise and her Wrestlemania appearance. He even said he once considered a career in MMA a la Brock Lesnar (or CM Punk). On a movie set recently, he filmed a scene where a former UFC fighter, Jason William Day, put him in a rear naked choke that got pretty real. Johnson described the experience on his Instagram account:

Night night. The glaze you see over my eyes as Im about to pass out is real. As is how deep this rear naked choke is sunk in by @UFC veteran turned actor/stuntman @jasonwilliamday

In our action thriller #SkyscraperMovie I barely survive everything that’s thrown my way. Including this fight. First take when Jason slapped this rear naked on me, I knew right away, holy shit, this brother is sinking it in. I thought fuck it, the more real the better, it’ll be great for the movie. After every take Jason would always ask if everything was ok with the choke. I said everything was great. Our director, Rawson Thurber called me and Jason over to the monitor to watch playback of the scene. Rawson and Jason were happy and felt we got it, but I said, let’s take one more crack at this. Before I walked away I whispered to Rawson, I’m gonna let him hold the choke longer, just keep shooting. After the take was done and I got my senses back and SLOWLY got up, me and Jason hugged like grateful gentlemen. He’s a real class act and bad ass. A pleasure getting my hands dirty with a real fighter. #BarelySurviving #SkyscraperMovie

That’s the famous dedication that has seen Dwayne Johnson navigate an extraordinarily successful career, from pro wrestler to polished actor.


Insomnia

This is amazing: “El Cucuy” scares Dana White (again)

You might be interested in UFC 217’s main event, but this is what I can’t wait for: TJ Dillashaw vs. Cody Garbrandt.

Garbrandt reveals the gender of his expected child:

I’m also extremely into this one:

Some ranked bantamweights talking trash: Thomas Almeida called out 135’s missing man, Bryan Caraway, and Caraway responded.

After Kevin Lee’s near-miss this morning, Aljamain Sterling dropped some knowledge about how much weight fighters cut, on average. Rule of thumb: think two weight classes up. That’s accurate even for higher weight classes: Welterweights often walk around at ~200 pounds, middleweights often begin their cut from 225. Forget the concussions. This is what will kill a fighter someday unless it changes; and the early weigh-ins have made everything worse.

Kevin Lee’s response after he did eventually make weight:

Poirier with the controlled burn

Anthony Johnson would fit right in at heavyweight. I would love to see him fight someone like Alastair Overeem.

Woodley is accurate with this comparison

I know someone named Luke Schuyler Walker so this seems about right


Quick Hits


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Darrion Caldwell is the real deal

He literally bounced his head off his canvas. Eat your heart out, Conor McGregor

The folding chair knockout

Another angle:

Great fight


Podcasts and Video

Kevin Lee vs. Tony Ferguson full fight preview By The Numbers:

Andrew Richardson explains Ray Borg’s half-guard attacks. Subscribe to MMAMania’s Youtube channel for more

Cormier apologizes to Anthony Johnson for his crybaby comments.


Random Land

Watch a man light himself on fire. He does a pretty convincing three-second impression of the Human Torch. I wonder if he was on fire long enough to get burned.

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