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Flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson to fight Henry Cejudo at UFC 227

Jun 9 2018 | by Brett Okamoto, ESPN Staff Writer

Demetrious Johnson, the most dominant champion in UFC history, will seek his 12th flyweight title defense against Henry Cejudo at UFC 227 on Aug. 4.

UFC officials announced the 125-pound championship fight on Saturday. It will take place on the UFC 227 pay-per-view event, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. MMAFighting first reported the bout.

Johnson (27-2-1) already holds the UFC record for most consecutive title defenses with 11. He broke former middleweight champion Anderson Silva‘s mark of 10 last October, when he defeated Ray Borg by submission.

Fighting out of Kirkland, Washington, Johnson already holds a win against Cejudo. He knocked him out with knees and punches in the first round in April 2016.

Cejudo (12-2), a U.S. Olympic gold medalist in wrestling, is 6-2 in the UFC. After coming up short against Johnson, he dropped a split decision to Joseph Benavidez in December 2016, but has bounced back with back-to-back wins.

The UFC originally tried to put together a flyweight title fight between Johnson and bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw, but those negotiations fell through. Dillashaw will actually defend his 135-pound title against Cody Garbrandt in the same event (see below).


Bout between TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt finalized for UFC 227

Apr 4 2018  |  by Brett Okamoto, ESPN Staff Writer

A UFC bantamweight title rematch between champion TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt has been finalized for UFC 227 on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles, sources told ESPN. UFC 227 will take place at Staples Center. The placement of the fight on the pay-per-view card is yet to be determined.

Dillashaw (15-3) is a two-time bantamweight champion. He held the title from 2013 to 2016, when he surrendered it to Dominick Cruz in a narrow split-decision loss. Fighting out of Denver, Dillashaw reclaimed the belt by knocking out rival and former training partner Garbrandt at UFC 217 in November. The two trained alongside each other at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento before Dillashaw left for Colorado.

Garbrandt (11-1) has won six fights in the UFC, including four by knockout. He hurt Dillashaw with punches early during their November meeting, but the tide turned in the second round.