Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Johnson, Dillashaw favourites to defend titles on UFC 227 odds

Johnson, Dillashaw favourites to defend titles on UFC 227 odds

Henry Cejudo ended Demetrious Johnson's almost six-year reign as the UFC flyweight champion Saturday night, earning a split-decision victory for a stunning upset at UFC 227. Johnson ransacked him with knees and finished him in the first round. Johnson broke Anderson's Silva's all-division record of 10 straight successful title defenses with No. 11 in October via submission over Ray Borg.

"This cements my legacy as the greatest bantamweight of all-time".

Cejudo wouldn't lie down and allow Johnson to extend his streak Saturday.

The rematch was just as violent, but even more decisive. CBS Sports also scored it 48-47 for the former champion.

Johnson often won the battle when the two were standing upright; he utilized his movement and effective striking to keep Cejudo off balance. But, later in the frame, Cejudo scored a takedown and controlled the top position until the end of the round. Between the intense scrambles and frantic exchanges, it was hard to figure out who had the upper hand, but there was no question when Cejudo managed to take down Johnson at key points to slow his momentum. But Cejudo closed strong in Round 4 and 5 with late takedowns and ended the final round by hurting Johnson with a knee to the body and a series of punches as the crowd rose to its feet.

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Cejudo, who fell to a first-round finish to Johnson in their first meeting in 2016, did what nobody has been able to do at flyweight and that's defeat the man who many believe to be the greatest fighter of all time.

Henry Cejudo pulled off one of the most impressive upsets in mixed martial arts history at UFC 227. Rather than be swallowed up by the magnitude of the moment, Cejudo utilized his vaunted wrestling to slow down the lightning-quick Johnson.

But Cejudo stood up to the test and when the time came to read out the judges' scorecards, the heavy underdog was given the split decision nod, becoming only the second flyweight champion in UFC history. "From Olympic gold medalist to UFC champion". "I was born right here in Los Angeles, in a two-bedroom apartment".

Meanwhile, in the main event, former training partners turned bitter rivals TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt tangled for a second occasion and much like their first meeting in NY last November, it was Dillashaw who would emerge from the fight with bragging rights. Now, not only did Cejudo stake his claim as the best flyweight in the world, he made his plea immediately after the fight to become a two-division champion by facing the victor of Saturday's bantamweight title main event between TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt.

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