Sonnen Says Cejudo Needs to be The Bad Guy Against ‘Mighty Mouse’

Chael Sonnen believes Henry Cejudo must capitalize on being Demetrious Johnson’s foil. Sonnen knows a thing or two about trash talking. From his rivalry with Anderson Silva to his antics ahead of fighting Tito Ortiz and Wanderlei Silva, Sonnen kn…

Chael Sonnen believes Henry Cejudo must capitalize on being Demetrious Johnson’s foil. Sonnen knows a thing or two about trash talking. From his rivalry with Anderson Silva to his antics ahead of fighting Tito Ortiz and Wanderlei Silva, Sonnen knows how to sell a fight. “The American Gangster” wants to share some advice with Cejudo, […]

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MMA’s Biggest ‘What Ifs’ from 2018 So Far

There has been no shortage of big stories in 2018 for the sport of MMA . Unfortunately, a lot of those stories have been outside of the Octagon and none bigger than Conor McGregor’s tantrum at UFC 223…

There has been no shortage of big stories in 2018 for the sport of MMA . Unfortunately, a lot of those stories have been outside of the Octagon and none bigger than Conor McGregor’s tantrum at UFC 223…

TJ Dillashaw Reveals Why He Accepted Fight Against Cody Garbrandt, Not Demetrious Johnson

TJ Dillashaw has discussed his decision to fight Cody Garbrandt once again instead of Demetrious Johnson.

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UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw has discussed his decision to fight Cody Garbrandt once again instead of UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

If you recall, their first fight went down at the UFC 217 pay-per-view event at Madison Square Garden in New York City in November where Dillashaw finished Garbrandt to win back the bantamweight title.

Now, the promotion has booked the rematch between these two fighters for the upcoming UFC 227 event.

Johnson and UFC President Dana White frequently exchanged words in early 2017 over this bout. The reason for that was due to Johnson not being receptive to a fight with Dillashaw even though White and other UFC officials were pushing for it last year. White came out and mocked Johnson for taking it.

This led to Johnson firing back and claimed that White threatened to shut down his entire division. White denied that and gave Johnson the fight he wanted, which was against Ray Borg that was almost guaranteed to do low PPV numbers.

Apparently, though, that’s water under the bridge as White has moved past his issues with Johnson.

“I don’t really know,” Dillashaw said (transcript courtesy of MMA Fighting). “I think that’s a good question for Demetrious Johnson. Maybe he wanted some guaranteed money. Maybe he wasn’t willing to gamble on himself on the pay-per-view numbers. But as far as I was concerned, the fans wanted it, the UFC wanted it. Everyone knows I wanted it. I respect Demetrious Johnson as a person and as an athlete and that’s kind of why I was chasing him down. He’s got that target on his back. He’s got that pound-for-pound spot that I want to come in and take. Not only to make the big bucks on a big fight, but for the legacy. Chasing that spot down. So really I think it’s a question for him why it didn’t really happen.”

Now, Johnson will defend his flyweight belt against Henry Cejudo at the UFC 227 card.

“I was chasing that Demetrious Johnson fight,” Dillashaw said. “It just really didn’t seem like it wanted to work itself out. So I feel like the next biggest, hyped up fight was Cody. The one that kind of made the most sense for the attention. There was a lot of drama behind it, so run it back.”

“He’s got that spot and I’m looking to take it,” Dillashaw said of Johnson. “Our fight is ahead of us that we gotta worry about. And we’ll talk about it after the fight.”

“I would love to do it at ’25, because I don’t want the excuse of me being the bigger man,” he said. “‘Oh, the only reason why he beat me is because he’s bigger than me.’ I can make your weight, I’m not bigger than you.”

The UFC 227 pay-per-view event is set to take place on August 4, 2018, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.

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TJ Dillashaw on Why Fight with Demetrious Johnson Wasn’t Made

It is now common knowledge among the MMA Community whom TJ Dillashaw would be facing August 4th if he had his wish, and his name is not Cody Garbrandt. Of course, as a competitor of the highest rank, Dillashaw will shift his focus exclusively to Garbra…

It is now common knowledge among the MMA Community whom TJ Dillashaw would be facing August 4th if he had his wish, and his name is not Cody Garbrandt. Of course, as a competitor of the highest rank, Dillashaw will shift his focus exclusively to Garbrandt now that the deal is done and the date […]

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Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo Fight Announced for UFC 227

Demetrious Johnson will put the UFC flyweight title on the line against Henry Cejudo at UFC 227 on Aug. 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the company announced Saturday. It will be the second fight between the two…

Demetrious Johnson will put the UFC flyweight title on the line against Henry Cejudo at UFC 227 on Aug. 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the company announced Saturday. It will be the second fight between the two…

UFC Reportedly Finalizing UFC 227 Return For Demetrious Johnson

The return of Mighty Mouse is on the horizon:

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The UFC is reportedly close to finalizing a deal surrounding the return of flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson to the Octagon at UFC 227.

Johnson hasn’t fought since October when he pulled off a ridiculous back suplex-into-armbar submission over Ray Borg in the fifth round. In addition, Johnson broke the UFC record for most consecutive title defenses in UFC history at 11.

For some time, it was rumored that a super fight with bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw could be next for Mighty Mouse, but a deal was never able to be agreed upon for that fight.

Now, Dillashaw is set to defend his title against Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227. Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting reports on Twitter that the UFC is close to finalizing a deal that will have Johnson return to defend his crown against Henry Cejudo:

Cejudo and Johnson have met inside the Octagon before. Johnson became the first man to defeat the former Olympic gold medalist in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career back in April 2016 via first-round TKO.

Since the loss, Cejudo suffered his second career defeat to Joseph Benavidez via controversial split decision, before racking up a two-fight win streak over names such as Wilson Reis and Sergio Pettis.

Cejudo has shown strides of improvement since his last meeting with Johnson, and their rematch this time around should certainly prove to be an interesting one.

UFC 227 will go down live on pay-per-view (PPV) from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on August 4th. If Johnson vs. Cejudo II is added to the card, it will be the second title fight on the PPV.

UFC 227 is shaping up to be one of the better cards of the year, and even UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley wants to get in on the fun. 

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