After hearing ‘and still’ on eleven consecutive occasions, it was always going to be a massive surprise whenever Demetrious Johnson found himself on the losing side.
That’s precisely what happened in the co-main event of UFC 227 on Saturday night.
For some, it would be just another title defence for Mighty Mouse, considering he had already convincingly bested Henry Cejudo previously.
However, others knew that The Messenger was going to put on a much better performance than his first-round TKO defeat to Johnson back in 2016.
This time, it was a lot more technical, and everybody has been left in agreement that Cejudo showed a lot more improvement to take home the split decision win – there was no clear winner, and it truly could have gone either way.
Johnson and Cejudo – who took home the bonus for the Fight of the Night – both left the fans and critics split on which way the fight was going to be scored, with many heading into the final round two rounds a piece.
In what proved to be arguably the greatest flyweight fight of all time, Johnson used his variety of kicks and used his speed to his advantage to keep Cejudo second-guessing.
In the second, however, the Olympic gold medalist turned it up a notch by picking up the pace and landed his first takedown of the fight.
Might Mouse won the third round to scramble out of Cejudo’s takedowns, but it was the latter that had more gas in the tank over the final two rounds.
He continued the relentless pressure, and Johnson just didn’t have an answer for his wrestling and eventually, it sealed the end of Johnson’s historic title reign after eleven championship defences.
Cejudo, who now moves to 13-2 in his professional career, claimed that after defeating the legend, he deserves to move up in weight to take part in the much talked about super fight against the winner of the main event.
He said: “I came in, I was knocked out in the first round two years ago, and this time I came in and defeated the legend and now I’m the champion.
“They talked about a T.J/D.J. (Johnson) super fight,” Cejudo said.
“Now that I am the winner I am asking. I am Olympic champ, UFC champ, now I am asking to be a triple champ. Allow me to go up and face Dillashaw.”
Johnson, who was gracious in defeat, later admitted to suffering from injuries in the post-fight press conference while praising Cejudo during his Octagon interview.
Johnson said: “Nothing he landed rocked me, but he’s the champ now.
“I knew he was going to be tough knew he was going to bring his A-game.”
With Johnson suffering the third loss of his career, fans are now wondering what could be in store for Mighty Mouse after he’s taken some time off.
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