Although Henry Cejudo was taken out by Demetrious Johnson in the first round, just last year, the decorated wrestler believes he’s the man who can end the storied reign of the flyweight champ.
Cejudo faced Johnson in April, 2016, and although he scored a takedown early on, the latter put him away with a vicious barrage of strikes. Well, last night at UFC 215, Cejudo faced fellow contender Wilson Reis, and he knocked out the veteran in round two.
After the impressive win, Cejudo made it clear he still wants another crack at Johnson. In addition, the former Olympic Gold wrestler proclaimed that he’s the fighter who can replace Johnson at the top of the 125 division (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“Emotionally, I do want to fight him right away,” Cejudo said. “Technically, I might even be ready for this guy. I don’t just want to fight Demetrious, I want to beat him and he’s been on my mind since he beat me. I’m a competitor, for me to get stopped in front of 20,000 people, that s**t hurts and I think about it a lot.”
“There’s a reason why he’s the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world and that’s who I have to beat; not just fight, beat.”
“I’m the one. I know I’m the one,” Cejudo added. “I have the style, I have the wrestling. I know I’m the one to beat Demetrious Johnson.”
Leading up to Johnson – Cejudo, a lot of people speculated that the latter’s wrestling pedigree and boxing skills might prove to be a stiff test for the champ. But, as noted above, that didn’t end up being the case. Cejudo, however, didn’t transition into MMA until 2013, so he’s still evolving and rounding out his game. In other words, it will be interesting to see where he’s at, in say, another year or so.
In addition, since Cejudo lost via split decision to Joseph Benavidez in December, he likely needs to score several more wins, before he gets another title shot. At least, while Johnson is still holding the 125 belt.