Relive the fight that saw a long-time flyweight king dethroned as Henry Cejudo gears up to defend his title against the bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw.
Few had given Cejudo much of a chance heading into a rematch with the man who had so easily dispatched him just two years before.
UFC 197 was the original date and while Henry’s Olympic gold medal-level wrestling was pointed to as a potential foil to Johnson’s seemingly impenetrable wall of perfect defense and offense, on the night he proved to be far too much for ‘The Messenger’, TKO’ing him in the very first round.
When the rematch came around, it was clear that Cejudo was a different fighter, though. Adopting a karate-esque striking style that was backed up with his always-stellar grappling game, he hung in there with the champ for five-rounds this time, coming away with a narrow decision victory in the process.
The decision was one of those calls that could have easily gone either way and even to this day, it remains a divisive topic of conversation within the MMA community.
With Cejudo set to engage in a super-fight with the bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw at UFC 233, the UFC have uploaded his last outing in full for your viewing pleasure via their official YouTube account.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena