Demetrious Johnson Backs Henry Cejudo’s Chances To Beat UFC Champions Alex Volkanovski & Aljamain Sterling

Demetrious Johnson, Henry Cejudo, Alex Volkanovski, Aljamain SterlingDemetrious Johnson has backed Henry Cejudo to win over Aljamain Sterling or Alexander Volkanovski. Former two-division UFC champion Henry Cejudo re-entered the USADA testing pool in April to solidify his return to competition. Cejudo announced that he was hanging up the gloves after his win over Dominick Cruz in May 2020. While he does not […]

Demetrious Johnson, Henry Cejudo, Alex Volkanovski, Aljamain Sterling

Demetrious Johnson has backed Henry Cejudo to win over Aljamain Sterling or Alexander Volkanovski.

Former two-division UFC champion Henry Cejudo re-entered the USADA testing pool in April to solidify his return to competition. Cejudo announced that he was hanging up the gloves after his win over Dominick Cruz in May 2020. While he does not have a confirmed opponent yet, he has been rallying for a shot at either of the two champions at bantamweight and featherweight.

Although Cejudo didn’t compete at featherweight, Demetrious Johnson believes he has what it takes to dethrone Alex Volkanovski or the lighter Sterling.

Demetrious Johnson backs Henry Cejudo for a title shot in a comeback fight

In an interview with MMA Fighting, ‘The Mighty Mouse’ shared his thoughts on Cejudo as a fighter and heaped praises on the only person to have won an Olympic Gold and a UFC championship.

“He’s intelligent, he’s an athlete – I mean, he’s done something I haven’t done,” Johnson said. “You know, he’s won the world championship at flyweight and bantamweight, and he’s defended the flyweight title and the bantamweight title, right?

“Typically guys when they do that, Conor [McGregor] has done it, but he never defended any of those belts. He’s won it, then [won] one after, and then he got lost, right? That’s one thing I think Henry Cejudo has that people should show respect to the man. I respect him.”

Johnson talked about how he sees a matchup between ‘Triple C’ and ‘Funk Master’ playing out.

“If he was to fight Aljamain Sterling, I think he poses a lot of problems to Aljamain Sterling because, one, his wrestling is legit, his hands are legit, and Henry Cejudo, he’s a gamer,” Johnson said. “Like, he’ll go out there and he’s gonna push the pace and try to win the fight. Obviously, right now Henry Cejudo’s got that dad bod, so he’s gonna have to shred all that baby weight, and I’m sure he can do it. It’s all about does the athlete want to do it, in my opinion.”

Johnson believes Alex Volkanovski will be a tougher matchup

‘The Great’ is currently on a 21-fight win streak and has gone unbeaten in the UFC in 11 fights against competition like Jose Aldo, Max Holloway, Chad Mendes, and Brian Ortega.

As for a potential showdown against the reigning king of 145 lbs, Johnson believes Cejudo would have a harder time.

“I think [fighting for the featherweight title] is gonna be a harder thing to do because Volkanovski is, I think, the bigger guy, and Volkanovski has been more active. And I think the weight discrepancy is going to be there for Volkanovski, right? Do I think Henry Cejudo has the talent and skillset and the mindset to beat Volkanovski? Absolutely, it’s a fight, but Volkanovski has been active, he’s been fighting killers. He’s fought Max Holloway two times.”

Johnson compared Volkanovski to Cejudo and said that they are identical in their approach to fighting.

“And Volkanovski is very good about sticking to the gameplan and executing the gameplan, right?” Johnson said. “That’s one of the things I’ve noticed about him. When he’s fought Chad Mendes, and he’s fought the guys in the past, you saw the grit, you saw the tough, you saw the rugby, you saw the athlete come out in it.

“But now, when you see him fight, when he fought Max Holloway both times and when he fought Brian Ortega and when he just fought ‘Korean Zombie,’ you saw an athlete also become a martial artist and also sticking to executing a perfect gameplan.

“So, that’s the biggest thing I think that Henry Cejudo is going to have to battle. He’s going to gave to battle pretty much an identical version of him, in my opinion.”

Alex Volkanovski is scheduled to fight Max Holloway for a third time on July 2 at UFC 276.

Do you agree with Demetrious Johnson on Henry Cejudo dethroning Alex Volkanovski or Aljamain Sterling?

Report | Demetrious Johnson Set To Rematch Adriano Moraes For ONE Flyweight Title On August 26.

Demetrious JohnsonOff the back of his second round special rules submission win over striking sensation, Rodtang Jitmuangnon at ONE Championship X in March, former UFC flyweight champion and ONE Championship Grand Prix victor, Demetrious Johnson will land a rematch against current division titleholder, Adriano Moraes at an August 26. event.  Demetrious Johnson, who featured against Moraes […]

Demetrious Johnson

Off the back of his second round special rules submission win over striking sensation, Rodtang Jitmuangnon at ONE Championship X in March, former UFC flyweight champion and ONE Championship Grand Prix victor, Demetrious Johnson will land a rematch against current division titleholder, Adriano Moraes at an August 26. event. 

Demetrious Johnson, who featured against Moraes in the main event of ONE on TNT 1 back in April of last year, unsuccessfully attempted to pry the flyweight crown from the Brazilian suffering the first loss of his tenure with the organization, courtesy of a second round knee knockout loss. The KO stoppage came as the first time Johnson had been finished in professional mixed martial arts.

Demetrious Johnson previously landed the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix victory

For Moraes, the Brasilia standout managed to further cement his dominance at flyweight following his knockout win over Johnson, submitting common-foe, Yuya Wakamatsu with a third round guillotine win at ONE X in March of this year. Moraes currently boasts a 20-3 professional record. 

Ariel Helwani was first to report the news of Johnson’s title rematch against Moraes on his official Substack page, noting how the pairing is expected to be officially confirmed by the promotion at their upcoming ONE Championship 158 event. The August event will come as ONE Championship’s first on Amazon Prime Video. 

Before his loss to Moraes, Demetrious Johnson, who holds the most consecutive successful title defenses in the history of the UFC with a whopping 11 straight title knockbacks, had enjoyed a run of three consecutive wins since his move to the Chatri Sityodtong-led banner. 

Debuting with a guillotine win of his own against the aforenoted, Wakamatsu – Johnson would then land a pair of unanimous decision successes against both Tatsumitsu Wada, and then Danny Kingad – the most recent of which landed him the ONE Championship Flyweight Grand Prix spoils. 

A three-time ONE Championship flyweight champion, Moraes holds 10 separate submission wins to go with a further four knockout wins. Amongst his winning résumé – the 33-year-old has defeated Kairat Akhmetov, common-foe, Danny Kingad, and avenged a split decision loss to Geje Eustaquio. 

Tye Ruotolo Wants To Fight Garry Tonon In MMA After BJJ Win: “I Think My Hands Are Better Too”

Tye RuotoloBJJ prodigy Tye Ruotolo has his eyes set on competing in the sport of mixed martial arts next. Making his submission grappling debut in ONE Championship, Tye Ruotolo managed to tap out the legendary Garry Tonon at ONE Championship 157. In just two minutes of the contest, Ruotolo displayed an exhibition of superior movement before […]

Tye Ruotolo

BJJ prodigy Tye Ruotolo has his eyes set on competing in the sport of mixed martial arts next.

Making his submission grappling debut in ONE Championship, Tye Ruotolo managed to tap out the legendary Garry Tonon at ONE Championship 157. In just two minutes of the contest, Ruotolo displayed an exhibition of superior movement before locking in a D’Arce choke to announce his presence in the promotion.

Tye Ruotolo steals the show

During a post-fight interview, Ruotolo spoke to the press about his plans for the future and touched on the idea of competing in MMA.

“My goal in jiu-jitsu right now is to just keep being the best version of myself, and to get to the title in jiu-jitsu and to the title in MMA is what my brother and I want to do as well. So we’ve got a lot of goals right now,” Ruotolo said.

“I just finished that match, so I really don’t know who I want next in jiu-jitsu. Maybe an MMA debut. My brother and I are really scratching for that. I’m really down to fight anybody in the world. Big, small, I’m ready to go.” (h/t SCMP)

Hinting at returning to competition in MMA instead of BJJ, Tye Ruotolo expanded on the possibility.

Garry Tonon would be fun for the fans for sure. He’s 6-1 in MMA. He just came off a title fight, and I don’t know if Chatri [Sityodtong, ONE CEO] would let me debut [against] Garry Tonon. I had dinner with him the other night, I think he kind of seemed interested in the idea.

“That would be really cool. After my performance tonight I kind of deserve it. In jiu-jitsu I proved I’m better than him, in the most humble way possible, and I think that my hands are better than his too, just being realistic. So I’d love to fight him in MMA.”

Along with Tye, his twin brother Kade Ruotolo also made his debut in the promotion on the same night. Kade dominated his way against the Japanese veteran Shinya Aoki to grab a decision win.

If the twins’ BJJ abilities are any indication, they may be looking at a flourishing MMA career ahead. A lot depends on how ONE CEO Sityodtong plans to carry them in the organization and will likely give them a shot in MMA if an agreement is reached.

How do you think the Ruotolo brothers would fare in MMA?

Rodtang Uses Brutal Elbow Strikes To Cut Open Jacob Smith On The Route To A Unanimous Decision Victory – ONE 157 Highlights

RodtangRodtang Jitmuangnon puts on yet another clinical display of violence as he booked his place in the semi-finals of the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix. The ONE flyweight Muay Thai champion dominated Jacob Smith over three rounds, leaving the Englishman bloodied and battered by the end of the bout. The first two minutes […]

Rodtang

Rodtang Jitmuangnon puts on yet another clinical display of violence as he booked his place in the semi-finals of the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix. The ONE flyweight Muay Thai champion dominated Jacob Smith over three rounds, leaving the Englishman bloodied and battered by the end of the bout.

The first two minutes of the fight were relatively competitive, but Rodtang soon began to employ a series of hellacious elbow strikes, cutting Smith open. The second and third rounds were more of the same, as he continued to use his elbows to lethal effect, mixing in a spearing rear straight and debilitating leg kicks.

Credit to Smith for making it to the final bell, but it was not a hard decision for the judges, as Rodtang’s hand was raised, and he progressed into the semi-finals. He was also granted a 50k bonus for his efforts.

Check out the highlights of Rodtang’s dominant victory over Jacob Smith below:

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ONE Championship Announce Landmark Deal With Amazon Prime

ONE Championship, Amazon Prime VideoONE Championship has announced a new partnership deal with Amazon Prime for the markets of the US and Canada. ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong had hinted at a historic deal for the organization’s US broadcast in March this year. In the post-fight interview at ONE X, Demetrious Johnson teased a return in the […]

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ONE Championship has announced a new partnership deal with Amazon Prime for the markets of the US and Canada.

ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong had hinted at a historic deal for the organization’s US broadcast in March this year. In the post-fight interview at ONE X, Demetrious Johnson teased a return in the summer but refused to share more details of what was coming next.

Sityodtong was asked by the press about DJ’s hint and said, “We’re gonna announce our US broadcast deal in mid-April. First time in the history of ONE that will be on a multi-year, regular primetime schedule on a major major broadcaster in the US. So yeah, DJ obviously featured. I think that’s what he’s talking about.” (h/t Sportskeeda)

Earlier today, Ariel Helwani broke the news of the partnership deal between ONE Championship with Amazon Prime. The Singapore-based organization has signed a five-year deal with Amazon Prime Video Sports for the territories of the USA and Canada.

The deal states a minimum of 12 events to be premiered live in the US primetime. At the time of the reporting, further details have not been revealed. Information regarding the first event and full calendar will be announced in the near future.

ONE Championship posted a tweet in the celebration of the partnership deal that will see the American fight fans connect with their favorite fighters once again on prime time.

ONE Championship’s rise in popularity

ONE has developed a big name for itself in the Asian market and has found ways to connect with international fans, especially in the North American market. Signing on Demetrious Johnson from the UFC was a major game-changer for the promotion. Johnson holds the record for most finishes in UFC flyweight history with seven and is currently ranked #1 in the ONE flyweight rankings.

The organization has put on exciting shows for its audience, with a recent hybrid Muay Thai/Mixed Martial Arts bout taking place between Johnson and Rodtang. DJ powered through the first round under Muay Thai rules to secure a second-round submission win over the Muay Thai specialist via a rear-naked choke.

Are you excited about ONE Championships’s deal with Amazon Prime?

ONE Championship Fighter Launched Brutal Hammer Attack On Burglar

ONE ChampionshipMuay Thai world champion, Chris Shaw, left a burglar battered and bloodied after launching a brutal hammer attack The ONE Championship fighter left George Halliday with a broken nose and blurred vision. According to the Daily Record, Shaw was in bed on August 11, 2020, when Halliday tried to break into his home. The kickboxer, […]

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Muay Thai world champion, Chris Shaw, left a burglar battered and bloodied after launching a brutal hammer attack

The ONE Championship fighter left George Halliday with a broken nose and blurred vision.

According to the Daily Record, Shaw was in bed on August 11, 2020, when Halliday tried to break into his home. The kickboxer, 31, was awoken by Halliday stealing tools from his van and trying to gain access to his house.

He chased the thief down the street before launching his attack that put Halliday in the hospital and Shaw in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court.

On Friday, Shaw pleaded guilty to assaulting Halliday. The court heard that Shaw struck Halliday causing him to fall to the ground before he hit him with the hammer to the arm. Shaw continued to punch and kick the man who broke into his property for about two minutes. The beating left Halliday covered in blood and his eye swollen shut.

Halliday admitted to breaking into Shaw’s home while receiving treatment in hospital, although he claims his intention was only to access the garage.

“I thought I was breaking into a garage, but it turns out it was a house and the guy battered me,” Halliday reportedly said.

The 44-year-old refused to provide a police statement or let them photograph his injuries before appearing in court the day after the attack to plead guilty to breaking into Shaw’s van, stealing items, and trying to break into his home so he could steal from it.

Halliday became addicted to heroin after being attacked and stabbed more than 20 times in 2010. In 2017, he was diagnosed with PTSD.

Shaw and Halliday are due to be sentenced in April.

Do you think ONE Championship fighter Chris Shaw did anything wrong when he attacked George Halliday for breaking into his home?