Demetrious Johnson has given props to his former opponent Henry Cejudo after his bantamweight title-clinching victory over Marlon Moraes at UFC 238.
The pair, of course, shared the octagon on two different occasions for two extremely different fights in the past.
UFC 197 stood as their first meeting and in many ways, it was perhaps the most destructive victory over Johnson’s run as champion of the 125lb division.
Cejudo somehow managed to recuperate sufficiently to defeat the dominant champion in their rematch at UFC 227 – a performance that stood as the most impressive that anyone had been able to muster up against Mighty Mouse since his days at bantamweight.
In the time since, Johnson has moved on to the blossoming Asian promotion ONE Championship while Cejudo has managed to rack off TKO victories over elite bantamweight pair TJ Dillashaw and Marlon Moraes.
Speaking during a recent Twitch live-stream (via MMAMania), the former long-time UFC flyweight champion gave his thoughts on the most recent victory from the first man to hand him a defeat inside the octagon at 125lbs.
“I thought Henry Cejudo did an amazing job. I hope they start paying that man, I look forward to seeing what he does next in his career.
“The thing I was most surprised about was Marlon Moraes gassing. I was shocked that he gassed. And Henry Cejudo took advantage and made it a dogfight.
“He came out the champion. Henry Cejudo, he’s ‘Triple C’, he’s the ‘champ champ champ’.”
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Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena