UFC 227: Dillashaw retains Bantamweight belt; Cejudo earns revenge vs. Johnson


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.

Garbrandt, 27, landed a few right hands that appeared to have an effect on Dillashaw, but once he began to lose control of the bout, he never reclaimed it. Dillashaw suffered a small mouse under his right eye, but he continued to keep a pace on Garbrandt.

"It feels good", Dillashaw told UFC commentator Joe Rogan in his post-fight interview. He now trains out of Los Angeles.

Dillashaw didn't relent, unleashing another quick flurry before landing a lovely knee from the Thai clinch flush on Garbrandt's chin before referee Dean mercifully called a halt to proceedings. In the co-main event, UFC flyweight champion and No.1 pound-for-pound fighter Demetrious Johnson will run it back with No.2-ranked contender Henry Cejudo.

That Garbrandt, 27, put Dillashaw on the canvas in Round 1 was no surprise as Garbrandt has at least one knockdown in all seven of his UFC fights and averages 1.91 knockdowns per 15 minutes of fight time.

"This is a dream come true, from Olympic gold medalist to UFC champion", Cejudo said. He indicated such matches make most sense when there are few other options and when champions are so dominant they must face each other.

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"Wherever [UFC president] Dana White is, I felt disrespected this whole time", Cejudo said.

"He's a big dude and I would feel each time we would clash and he would get big shots off". I got a little excited when I should've slowed down and finished him, but I got the job done.

After Cejudo's victory, the new 125-pound champ called for a superfight with the victor of the 135-pound main event. Dillashaw welcomed a showdown with Henry Cejudo. Although successful in striking, Johnson didn't have his usual resourceful performance in his return from a career-long layoff of 10 months. He only started training in mixed martial arts in January 2013 - four months after Johnson first won his UFC belt. It was also the right hand that put him away in the first fight at UFC 217.

The two were trading shots in what was a high-paced bout from the start.

The show was the UFC's first in three years in downtown Los Angeles, and the first since local entertainment conglomerate Endeavor bought the promotion for $4 billion in 2016.