Demetrious Johnson Responds To Dillashaw vs. Cejudo Superfight Talk

“Mighty Mouse” gives the okay for TJ Dillashaw vs. Henry Cejudo.

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If Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw want to fight next, that’s okay with Demetrious Johnson.

Johnson was dethroned from the 125-pound throne by Cejudo at UFC 227 earlier this month. The former Olympic gold medalist edged out a split decision win over “Mighty Mouse.” Cejudo subsequently called out the winner of the next fight.

In the evening’s main event, TJ Dillashaw retained his 135-pound title with a first-round knockout over Cody Garbrandt. Dillashaw is open to either defending his title or dropping down to 125 pounds to fight Cejudo.

The pair has been doing a bit of promotional work to try and hype the potential match-up. Some are upset with the potential bout between Dillashaw and Cejudo. It’s common belief that Johnson deserves an immediate rematch after a record-setting streak as champion.

‘Mighty Mouse’ Is At Peace

Should the UFC decide to do the superfight first, however, Johnson told ‘Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show’ he’s okay with that (quotes via BJPenn.com):

“I think it’s good for them,” Johnson said. “If that’s what they want to do, let them do it, you know? I think I read somewhere TJ said when he was weight-cutting he hit 133, so if he wants to do it, have him do it. I don’t think there’s nothing wrong with it at all. Let them do what they wanna do, dawg. That’s them.”

“I’m not worried about because I know I’m gonna be successful wherever I’m at,” he continued. “Whether it’s me not getting a fair shake…at the end of the day, that’s something my management is gonna have to deal with because I don’t talk to the UFC brass because I can’t hold back my emotions, and I keep it real.”

Johnson is currently dealing with a few injuries sustained during his fight with Cejudo. It’s unlikely he’s ready to return before the end of the year.

If that proves to be the case, perhaps Dillashaw and Cejudo could get their superfight in to close out 2018 after all.

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Marlon Moraes Tells Dillashaw To Defend Or Vacate

Marlon Moraes wants his title shot immediately.

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Marlon Moraes wants TJ Dillashaw to defend or vacate.

Current UFC bantamweight champ Dillashaw comes fresh off a successful 135-pound title defense. He knocked out rival Cody Garbrandt in the first round of their UFC 227 main event meeting in Los Angeles earlier this month.

Prior to that bout, former Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo dethroned Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson from the 125-pound throne. Cejudo subsequently called out the winner of Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt for a superfight.

Dillashaw has since expressed interest in fighting Cejudo if the opportunity presents itself. This is something that has upset No. 4-ranked bantamweight Marlon Moraes. The Brazilian is on a three-fight winning streak since November.

His last two wins have come by way of knockout early in the first round. Moraes’ last outing really impressed the mixed martial arts (MMA) community. He handed Jimmie Rivera his first defeat in nearly a decade with a 33-second head kick knockout.

Moraes feels as though a bantamweight title shot is warranted after his recent run. Speaking on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show recently, Moraes said he feels as though Dillashaw and coach Duane Ludwig are ducking him (quotes via MMA Mania):

“Yes man, 100-percent,” Moraes said. “But the situation now is kind of getting crazy becasue Dillashaw and Duane Ludwig, they are calling the shots now. They want to match me up with Dominick Cruz, other guys. Why, man? Stop matching me up and just fight me.”

With that being said, Moraes isn’t opposed to fighting a Dominick Cruz instead of Dillashaw. But if the 135-pound champ wants to drop down and fight Henry Cejudo, Moraes wants Dillashaw to vacate the title. This would allow him and Cruz to fight for the 135-pound crown:

“I feel like he (Cruz) had a long layoff. I agree with him, he is one of the best ever. But we got to see how he is now. Make a comeback, fight somebody else to see where he’s at,” he said.

“If T.J. goes down and vacates the belt, I would be more than welcome to that opportunity. It’s going to be an honor for me to fight such a great fighter like Dominick Cruz.

“I saw last week he said guys don’t talk about him, but I always talk about him. He is one of the best and I always look up to him,” he added. “The day I have to fight him, I am going to be down for it.”

Moraes continued on to assert his belief he deserves the title shot:

“I have no idea what UFC wants, but I am going to be down and I won’t say no. I just think I deserve the chance and I deserve to fight this guy. If he wants to be the best he has to fights the best and I think I’m at the top now,” he said.

“I’m waiting man, I am waiting for the opportunity. They know I’m down for fights and I want to fight. I want to work and I want to fight for the title. Let’ see if they can put all that together.”

Finally, Moraes said he would fight former champion Dominick Cruz if Dillashaw didn’t want to defend the belt:

“I think so, especially now that T.J. wants to do anything but not defend the belt. I want to fight, Dominick said he wants to fight. If he (Dillashaw) don’t want to fight, vacate and let us fight.”

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Video: TJ Dillashaw Stares Down Henry Cejudo, Prompting Speculation

Could TJ Dillashaw vs. Henry Cejudo actually be happening?

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If you thought you’d soon see a video where TJ Dillashaw stares down Henry Cejudo, you were correct.

Newly-crowned flyweight champion Cejudo called out Dillashaw after beating Demetrious Johnson at August 4’s UFC 227. “Mighty Mouse” was long rumored to be involved with that fight.

Johnson is believed to be the most deserving former champion for an immediate championship rematch. His 11 consecutive title defenses set a UFC record. Injuries have meanwhile sidelined the all-time great, leading to speculation that Dillashaw vs. Cejudo will actually happen.

The fighters squared off on a recent episode of Extra TV:

As a result, this super fight between the two lower-weight champions could be happening very soon. The UFC loves their ‘super fights’ in the current ‘entertainment’ era. Neither man has a clear-cut challenger that would see, either, so above all, the promotion needs a decent fight to promote.

Cejudo wants to move up to bantamweight, yet it seems like Dillashaw wants to cut down to 125 pounds:

“Be careful what you ask for, brother. I’m takin’ that belt from you.”

The bantamweight champ asserted his confidence he would destroy the flyweight king:

“Always. Absolutely. I’d run through him. I’m taking that belt right off his shoulder. I’ll come over to your house and take it.”

Cejudo insisted he had more gold than Dillashaw after winning an Olympic title and a UFC belt, yet “The Viper” only had one approach in mind:

“How would I approach it? I’d knock him out.”

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Video: TJ Dillashaw Stares Down Henry Cejudo, Prompting Speculation

Could TJ Dillashaw vs. Henry Cejudo actually be happening?

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If you thought you’d soon see a video where TJ Dillashaw stares down Henry Cejudo, you were correct.

Newly-crowned flyweight champion Cejudo called out Dillashaw after beating Demetrious Johnson at August 4’s UFC 227. “Mighty Mouse” was long rumored to be involved with that fight.

Johnson is believed to be the most deserving former champion for an immediate championship rematch. His 11 consecutive title defenses set a UFC record. Injuries have meanwhile sidelined the all-time great, leading to speculation that Dillashaw vs. Cejudo will actually happen.

The fighters squared off on a recent episode of Extra TV:

As a result, this super fight between the two lower-weight champions could be happening very soon. The UFC loves their ‘super fights’ in the current ‘entertainment’ era. Neither man has a clear-cut challenger that would see, either, so above all, the promotion needs a decent fight to promote.

Cejudo wants to move up to bantamweight, yet it seems like Dillashaw wants to cut down to 125 pounds:

“Be careful what you ask for, brother. I’m takin’ that belt from you.”

The bantamweight champ asserted his confidence he would destroy the flyweight king:

“Always. Absolutely. I’d run through him. I’m taking that belt right off his shoulder. I’ll come over to your house and take it.”

Cejudo insisted he had more gold than Dillashaw after winning an Olympic title and a UFC belt, yet “The Viper” only had one approach in mind:

“How would I approach it? I’d knock him out.”

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Rising Contender Calls For Next Title Shot Against TJ Dillashaw

This contender believes his next in line for the UFC title.

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TJ Dillashaw may not have to wait long to find out who he’ll be defending his UFC bantamweight title against next as there is one man who believes it’s him.

That rising contender is Raphael Assuncao, who has every right to think he’s in title contention as he picked up three big wins in his previous outings. He holds wins over Aljamain Sterling, Marlon Moraes, and Matthew Lopez last year. However, the promotion has yet to grant him a spotlight with the champion.

Raphael Assuncao Challenge

A few months ago, Assuncao called for a title eliminator bout against former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz but that fight has yet to be booked.

TJ Dillashaw could be inclined to take this fight considering the state of the division as of this moment.

Assuncao went on record by stating in a recent interview that he knows he’s the most active fighter in the division as he has competed four times over the past 20 months. Thus, he is taken back once he hears the latest comments made by UFC President Dana White.

Those comments were that Assuncao was “gone for a while, then he recently just came back,” and thus, it makes it hard for him to give the contender a title shot. This leads to Assuncao wondering what else he’s supposed to do.

“I don’t know any other reason I shouldn’t be the next guy, unless they go by Twitter followers,” Assuncao told MMA Fighting. “If they go by Twitter followers, then I probably won’t be that guy. And I can cry about it but that’s the truth, right? There’s nothing more I can do about it other than campaign and try to be a truthful guy.

If they go by who has the most Twitter followers and Instagram followers, then I probably won’t be that guy. But if they go by the most deserving, the most consistent, and one of the best fighters in the division. I’ll be that guy. I’d definitely be that guy.

TJ Dillashaw Ready

Dillashaw is fresh off a win over Garbrandt in their rematch at the UFC 227 event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California that took place earlier this month. The UFC champ didn’t take much damage in that fight. This would make fight fans believe that he should be ready for a quick turnaround.

“I’ve never missed weight. I’m the most consistent guy in this division. Probably up there with T.J., because T.J. is a pretty consistent champion,” Assuncao added.

“I think he’s one of the most consistent guys out there. Other than myself and T.J., there’s no other fighter in there who’s as consistent as we are.”

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Duane Ludwig Believes T.J. Dillashaw is Best Mixed Martial Artist Ever

Duane Ludwig believes his fighter is at the top of the mountain as a mixed martial artist. Dillashaw is coming off a successful defense of his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight title. Dillashaw earned a first-round TKO victory over Cody…

Duane Ludwig believes his fighter is at the top of the mountain as a mixed martial artist. Dillashaw is coming off a successful defense of his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight title. Dillashaw earned a first-round TKO victory over Cody Garbrandt in a rematch. This is the first successful title defense in Dillashaw’s current run […]

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