LOS ANGELES - Saturday's reboot of a bantamweight title fight between TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt played out similarly to the first meeting eight months ago, though this time, it took Dillashaw only one round to get it done.
Dillashaw jumped on him and landed a number of hard shots to the face, and Garbrandt barely survived it.
But perhaps more disconcerting to Johnson were the injuries that he believes he suffered during the fight.
Unfortunately as Garbrandt then charged forward by thinking there was blood in the water, Dillashaw unleashed a perfectly timed counter right hand that dropped the OH native down to the canvas.
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.
The rematch was a different kind of contest entirely as Cejudo, an Olympic gold medallist in freestyle wrestling, rallied from an early ankle injury to repeatedly disrupt the rhythm of "Mighty Mouse" with takedowns in the first of two title fights in Los Angeles.More news: Trump hits back at LeBron James over racial division comments
Cejudo owns a respectable 12-2 professional MMA record, but his first loss as a pro came against Johnson at UFC 197, a stunning opening-round TKO defeat as a +265 underdog.
"I am the best bantamweight of all time". It was only obviously that he would have a likely foot injury with all of the kicks he landed on Cejudo's legs, but the former champ revealed a knee injury at the UFC 227 post-fight press conference that could be much more serious.
T.J. Dillashaw has finally slammed the door shut on his long standing rivalry with former teammate Cody Garbandt.
He said: "I am the best bantamweight of all time". 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. "I'm going up and I want that belt too". I had the composure to win this fight.
Asked about a potential super fight with Cejudo, Dillashaw said, "It sounds like a fun fight".
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. "I got a little excited when I should have slowed down and finished him, but I got the job done".