Before Demetrious Johnson defends his flyweight title against Wilson Reis, watch him stop Henry Cejudo at UFC 197.
With a win over Wilson Reis this weekend at UFC on FOX 24, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson would tie Anderson Silva for most consecutive title defenses in UFC history, with an even ten. Before we see DJ try and equal history on Saturday, check out what stands to date as the second-fastest bout in his UFC career.
At UFC 197 last May, Mighty Mouse was matched up against Olympic gold medalist wrestler Henry Cejudo, who entered the bout with an undefeated MMA record. This was thought to be one of the more intriguing title defenses for Johnson, but after an early Cejudo takedown, DJ just styled on Cejudo like he didn’t belong in the same continent with him. Vicious knees in the clinch and hard elbows spelled doom for Cejudo, who was hurt to the head and to the body by DJ’s knees, and that was all she wrote. You can watch this fantastic performance at the top of the page.
Here’s Dallas Winston’s play-by-play of the whole fight:
R1: The champ starts off with a heavy overhand right to keep Cejudo off him. Johnson lowers his level, perhaps anticipating a level change from Cejudo, but it doesn’t matter as Cejudo simply powers him onto his back. Johnson is back to his feet quickly, landing knees to the body in the clinch, then smashing Cejudo with a knee to the head.
Cejudo puts him on the fence but Johnson is battering knee after knee to the body of Cejudo, then he switches it up with a clean elbow upstairs before resuming the barrage of knees. Cejudo stumbles back and Johnson swarms him, plunging more knees to the gut until Cejudo crumples.
Demetrious Johnson defeats Henry Cejudo by TKO (knees) R1 2:49
And here’s the BE community’s reaction to the finish:
UFC on FOX 24 takes place at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, April 15th. The main card starts live on FOX at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.