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Cejudo upsets Johnson, Dillashaw stops Garbrandt at UFC 227

Cejudo upsets Johnson, Dillashaw stops Garbrandt at UFC 227

TJ Dillashaw doubled down on his dominance over former team-mate and heated rival Cody Garbrandt with an even faster finish than he managed in their first encounter and declared: "I'm the best bantamweight of all time!"

The dramatic victory for Cejudo throws chaos to the sport's pound-for-pound rankings as Johnson, 31, entered not just as the universally renown best fighter in the sport but among a shortlist of those in contention for G.O.A.T. status. Another Dillashaw right - it landed more like a clothesline than a punch - had "No Love" teetering on the brink.

That Garbrandt, 27, put Dillashaw on the canvas in Round 1 was no surprise as Garbrandt has at least one knockdown in all seven of his UFC fights and averages 1.91 knockdowns per 15 minutes of fight time.

Welcome to the main event of UFC 227 pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

"This is a dream come true, from Olympic gold medalist to UFC champion", Cejudo said.

"Like I said, my bang Muay Thai is tight".

Earlier in the evening, veteran Cub Swanson aims to get back in the win column after back-to-back losses as he battles Renato Moicano in a clash of featherweights as a +285 underdog, while middleweight Kevin Holland makes his UFC promotional debut, battling Thiago Santos, also as a +285 underdog. Also, Dillashaw said he would welcome a challenge from Cejudo, so the superfight is a possibility as well.

T.J. Dillashaw has finally slammed the door shut on his long standing rivalry with former teammate Cody Garbandt. The 135-pound title fight was an immediate rematch of a bout at UFC 217 in November that Dillashaw won via TKO in the second round.

Still, Garbrandt kept charging forward and it appeared he clipped Dillashaw with a good punch that he had to believe rattled the bantamweight champion. "I'm going up and I want that belt too". "I got a little excited when I should have slowed down and finished him, but I got the job done". He added that Johnson "absolutely" deserves a rematch with Cejudo. I had the composure to win this fight.

Not only did Cejudo shake off the pain of his lower left leg, he relied on his size and grappling ability to begin to build a case on the scorecards in Round 2 by turning a relatively uneventful round in his favor late by pushing the pace and taking Johnson down before using his weight to lay all over him until the horn.


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