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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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Kamaru Usman Compares Darren Till’s Weight Struggles With Anthony Johnson

Kamaru Usman has been officially named by the Ultimate Fighting Championship as a back-up for the UFC 228’s welterweight title fight between the current champion Tyron Woodley and Liverpool, England’s Darren Till. Usman was a recent guest on The MMA Hour and was asked about his status as a replacement for both fighters before stating his belief that Till would struggle again to make weight.
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Kongo vs. Johnson Added to Bellator 208 Lineup; ‘Baby Slice’ to Compete at Bellator 207

The cards for Bellator’s doubleheader weekend in October continue to grow.
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Kongo vs. Johnson Added to Bellator 208 Lineup; ‘Baby Slice’ to Compete at Bellator 207

The cards for Bellator’s doubleheader weekend in October continue to grow.
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Kongo vs. Johnson Added to Bellator 208 Lineup; ‘Baby Slice’ to Compete at Bellator 207

The cards for Bellator’s doubleheader weekend in October continue to grow.
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Kongo vs. Johnson Added to Bellator 208 Lineup; ‘Baby Slice’ to Compete at Bellator 207

The cards for Bellator’s doubleheader weekend in October continue to grow.
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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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Injured Johnson Provides Knee, Foot Update

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight champion, Demetrious Johnson, finally got some good news after a disappointing weekend in Los Angeles, one that saw “Mighty Mouse” get trapped by division rival Henry Cejudo.

And cough up his crown in the process.

Johnson believed he suffered a broken foot while chasing “The Messenger” but X-rays show the bones are still intact. As far as the possible tear in his knee, the 125-pound dynamo says those results are still pending.

“I got X-rays on my foot, everything seems to be fine,” Johnson told his Instagram followers. “If the pain is still there, if the swelling is still there after 10 days, I’ll have another MRI to make sure nothing’s wrong with it. I got an MRI on my knee, no results yet, takes about two days.”

Either way, I would not expect Johnson back in action before 2019.

When he does return, it would not surprise me to hear UFC has ordered an immediate rematch. While Cejudo has been chirping about super fights opposite bantamweight kingpin TJ Dillashaw, “The Messenger” won a five-round split decision (recap) and hasn’t made a single title defense.

I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

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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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