UFC 227 co-main event features a rematch as pound-for-pound #1 ranked fighter and flyweight champion Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson will defend his belt for the twelfth time against Olympic freestyle wrestling gold medalist Henry ‘The Messenger’ Cejudo.
The duo first met at UFC 197 back in April 2016 where Johnson got the better of Cejudo via first round TKO. After looking spectacular in his last two fights, Cejudo will try to pull out a huge upset on August 4.
“There’s not too many times in life do you get a chance at redemption,” Cejudo told MMAjunkie. “It’s a second opportunity that I’m able to have. I can’t pass it up. I’m 31 years old. I’m an elite athlete. I’ve been in MMA for about five-and-a-half years now. There’s no time to waste now. I’m a fighter now. I’m officially a mixed martial artist. I’m not a wrestler no more.
“I’m seizing the opportunity. I’m smarter now. I’m faster. I’m more intelligent. The UFC and everybody sees my improvements, and they’re willing to give me a second chance. I was knocked out in my first fight. I was stopped in less than three minutes. Who would ever get a rematch getting put out like that? The way I see it is, there’s an opportunity for redemption.”
Cejudo looks to make sure there is no stone unturned to take out the legend. He has traveled three continents in his quest to prepare for the fight.
“If I’m going to put my body through hell, if I’m going to hurt, I would rather do it on Demetrious Johnson,” Cejudo said. “If I’m going to sacrifice my time, my body and everything, it’s on him. It’s been over two years since I fought him, and if I can’t get him now, when am I going to get him? This is why I’ve been so adamant about, ‘Give me Demetrious now.’ I’ve been spending months at a time in Brazil, in Europe, in Asia. It’s only helped me. The sacrifices have been done, and now it’s just time to display my heart in this sport.
“I respect Demetrious Johnson to the fullest. I wouldn’t travel the world and find different training partners and coaches to help me defeat this man if I didn’t want to win. I’ve traveled to Brazil, Europe, Asia – all in preparation to defeat Demetrious Johnson, to defeat the pound-for-pound best fighter in history.”