Henry Cejudo
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Starches T.J. Dillashaw in 32 seconds
January 19, 2019
Cejudo successfully defended his UFC Flyweight Championship on Saturday, defeating T.J. Dillashaw via TKO (punches) at 0:32 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night in Brooklyn.
If that isn't enough to save the flyweight division than nothing will be. Cejudo, who has been a pro for less than six years, has now defeated Demetrious Johnson and Dillashaw in back-to-back fights in a span of just over five months. Most observers felt Cejudo needed to lean on his wrestling to win this fight and he went out and knocked out Dillashaw in just over 30 seconds. Cejudo's future hinges on the UFC's decision regarding the division. If they keep it around, Joseph Benavidez (who beat Cejudo via split decision in 2016) will almost certainly get the next opportunity at his gold. If they don't, a rematch between Cejudo and Dillashaw for T.J.'s bantamweight crown is the only fight that makes any sense. Stay tuned.
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Title fight vs. Dillashaw moved up one week
December 5, 2018
Cejudo will now defend his flyweight title against TJ Dillashaw at UFC on ESPN+ 1 on January 19, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
After being initially scheduled to headline UFC 233 on January 26, the UFC has moved this massive fight onto it's first card under their new deal with ESPN. UFC 233 is now without a headliner, however it makes sense for the UFC to want to start out strong on ESPN, and a champion vs. champion bout should draw up a lot of excitement. Cejudo title defense is very important for the division, as there have been rumors that the UFC is planning on dissolving the flyweight division, and having Dillawshaw, who is also the bantamweight champion, win the title could be the first step. Cejudo will look to use his Olympic wrestling background against the longer Dillashaw, who has a significant advantage in striking.
Will defend title in January
November 9, 2018
Cejudo will defend his flyweight title against TJ Dillashaw at UFC 233 on Jan. 26, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Dillashaw already holds the bantamweight title and will be looking to add a second belt by taking it from Cejudo. At 31 years old, Cejudo has won his last three fights and most recently beat long-reigning Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227. Despite reports surfacing this week that the UFC intended to dissolve the men's 125-pound division, one more bout will be scheduled for early-2019. Matchup-wise, Dillashaw will enter as the bigger fighter in terms of height and reach. Cejudo's strength lies in the wrestling game, while Dillashaw is best suited for a fight that stays standing.
Takes the flyweight crown with decision victory over Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227
August 4, 2018
Cejudo defeated Demetrious Johnson via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) at UFC 227 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Cejudo shocked the world and took the flyweight title from one of the most dominant champions of all time. Johnson looked like he was going to take over the fight early with his leg kicks. However, Cejudo was able to stay in the fight and take over with his wrestling. While he did not do a lot from the top position, he was able to control Johnson, which is easier said than done. The back-and-forth matchup also earned the two men Fight of the Night bonuses. There will likely be a rematch between these two to settle to rivalry, although rumors of Cejudo moving up a weight class to face T.J. Dillashaw have already started heating up.
Agrees to rematch with Johnson at UFC 227
June 9, 2018
Cejudo will fight Demetrius Johnson for the UFC Flyweight Championship at UFC 227 on Aug. 4.
Cejudo is coming off a win by unanimous decision against Sergio Pettis at UFC 218 in Detroit, and will look to make it three in a row when he gets his second opportunity against Johnson. The two have faced off before, with Cejudo losing by a first-round TKO (knees) against Johnson in 2016 during UFC 197. The former Olympic wrestler has been credited with one or more takedowns in each of his last seven fights, including that loss to Johnson. Even though Johnson is a well-rounded MMA fighter, Cejudo would be wise to again lean on his wrestling strength in an effort to control this fight from top position. He'll still have his work cut out for him, however, as Johnson is an exceptional submission artist that also defends takedowns at a rate of 65 percent. Even though Cejudo has exhibited growth as a fighter since their original matchup, look for him to enter as a significant betting underdog, even with Johnson coming off shoulder surgery.
Easily dispatches Sergio Pettis Saturday in Detroit
December 2, 2017
Cejudo defeated Sergio Pettis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 218 on Saturday in Detroit.
It was a dominant effort from Cejudo despite not getting the stoppage. He was credited with nearly two full rounds (9:35) worth of control time and he won the total strike battle by a count of 85-38. To say Cejudo was never in trouble would be a vast understatement. His striking has improved since he made his UFC debut a little less than three years ago and he seems to have his weight cutting issues under control. The issue for Cejudo is that he fights in the same division as pound-for-pound king Demetrious Johnson. Something will have to give moving forward. It's quite probable that Cejudo is the second best flyweight on the planet at this point.