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UFC 227: Dillashaw retains Bantamweight belt; Cejudo earns revenge vs. Johnson

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Hannah Rogers | 05 August, 2018, 22:57

The early preliminary fight between Perez and Torres was a highlight in the build-up to the main card fights between Demetrious Johnson and Henry Cejudo, as well as T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Grabrandt. They were trading big shots again, and each landed, but Dillashaw's right put Garbrandt down again.

The rematch was another high-contact affair, but Dillashaw's chin was just a little better and his punching accuracy that much sharper and it was all that was necessary.

After earning a TKO win against him last November, Dillashaw was asked to step back into the Octagon to face Garbrandt a second time on Saturday night at UFC 227.

Dillashaw unloaded a fury of punches with ref Herb Dean closeby, None of the above yielded a kill shot Dillashaw was searching for along the fence, until he thought to raise his knee to Garnbrandt's lowered jaw.

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

"Wherever [UFC president] Dana White is, I felt disrespected this whole time", Cejudo said.

In the co-main event, UFC flyweight champion and No.1 pound-for-pound fighter Demetrious Johnson will run it back with No.2-ranked contender Henry Cejudo.

Asked about a potential super fight with Cejudo, Dillashaw said, "It sounds like a fun fight". There is a very big card coming up in NY with numerous top guys from my division on it and I would like to join them. Dillashaw took his back and rained down some ground-and-pound, but Garbrandt managed to get back up even though he was clearly on auto-pilot at that point. For the champion, a rematch against former bantamweight king Dominick Cruz seems to be on the horizon.

The fight didn't start out in Cejudo's favor as he appeared to turn an ankle in the opening round and limped at times as Johnson continued to switch stances and score with strikes from the outside. "I wanted to beat his right hand with my own and show him who has the real power".

After emphatically seeing off Garbrandt for the second time, Dillashaw believes he's now the greatest fighter to ever grace the men's 135lbs division.

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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