For the first time since 2011, Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson has lost. In fact, for the first time since September, we have a new flyweight champion. Henry Cejudo.
Saturday night, Cejudo didn’t dazzle. But he didn’t let up, and ultimately took the belt via decision following the five-round bout. The 31-year-old has now won his last three fights, pushing his overall mixed martial arts record to 13-2. Plus with Saturday night’s victory, he avenges his previous loss to Johnson (April 2016 via TKO).
Something tells us, then, that a rematch is on the cards.
Then there’s Johnson, who with the loss sees his streak of 11 consecutive title defenses — a UFC record — snapped. His career record in MMA is now 27-3-1, with his last loss came to Dominick Cruz via unanimous decision. Needless to say, Mighty Mouse deserves a rematch. But for the time being, Cejudo is going to drink this in. Per ESPN’s Brett Okamoto:
“To defeat the man, the myth, the legend, Demetrious Johnson, it feels good. … This is a dream come true, from Olympic gold medalist to UFC champion. I was born right here in Los Angeles in a two-bedroom apartment. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you to these fans in California for their support. … I hate second place with a passion. And losing to Demetrious Johnson the first time, in a devastating fashion, not only motivated me but put a chip on a shoulder.”
Immediately following the fight, Cejudo would call out bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. And while Dillashaw is all for it, Cejudo probably shouldn’t be expecting that fight to happen just yet. Might Mouse deserves his shot at redemption. The series is 1-1, and Johnson just lost for the first time since 2011.
Then again, you just never know with the UFC.