Johnson happy for Cejudo, flyweights, focused on new chapter

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  1. KazDibiase

    KazDibiase "My style is kneeing people in the face."

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    Demetrious Johnson has moved on from the UFC's flyweight division just as much as it has moved on from him.

    The UFC's 125-pound weight class took center stage last week, in a way it never did during Johnson's six-year reign as champion. Henry Cejudo defended the title against TJ Dillashaw on the UFC's first event on ESPN, and both athletes were promoted heavily beforehand.

    Meanwhile, Johnson, who parted ways with the UFC for Asia-based promotion One Championship months ago, spent all of last week in Japan, filming promotional material for One. He says he didn't have any thoughts about his old division moving on, other than joy for Cejudo.
    Johnson (27-3-1) will make his One debut against Yuya Wakamatsu (10-3) March 31 in Tokyo, at an event fittingly titled "A New Era." The card will also feature former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.

    Few would blame Johnson if he were to feel bitter toward his old home. He was the flyweight division from 2012-18, defending the belt a UFC-record 11 times. None of those fights seemed to resonate with the public, however, as much as Cejudo's did on Saturday.

    But Johnson, 32, said he is completely content with how things unfolded -- and it doesn't hurt that he is exactly where he wants to be. Many of his favorite MMA fighters growing up -- Fedor Emelianenko, Quinton Jackson, Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua, Mirko Cro Cop -- rose to prominence in Asia.

    Johnson didn't even catch the fight live in Japan, but he learned the result from his wife shortly after it ended.

    For the record, he and Cejudo are 1-1 against each other. Johnson knocked him out in 2016, and Cejudo evened the score with a split decision in August. Johnson says he'd never rule out a third meeting, but it would have to take place in Asia -- where he's happy.

    http://www.espn.com/mma/story/_/id/...y-henry-cejudo-flyweights-focused-new-chapter
     
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  2. TheRuthlessOne

    TheRuthlessOne Violence Belt

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    Mighty Mouse could have beaten TJ

    Its a shame that he didn't believe in himself

    Flew all the way across the world to duck that fight
     
  3. BC

    BC Eez Normal Belt

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    Classy as always from DJ, he’s a damn good dude.

    It’s a shame the fans never appreciated him, he had an amazing run.


    - Defended his belt actively
    - Never got into trouble
    - Stayed in his lane didn’t run his mouth
    - Was dominant af and finished fights

    ONE is better suited for him he can just scrap and not have to worry about anything else and the fans over there will appreciate him.
     
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  4. VinceArch

    VinceArch Venom in the veins.

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    Keep it classy DJ. Fuck the haters.
     
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  5. TankvsNelmark

    TankvsNelmark Green Belt

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  6. TheRuthlessOne

    TheRuthlessOne Violence Belt

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    Imagine if MM was the one who beat TJ

    Lots of people around here would probably be calling him GOAT right now
     
  7. JJ Frog

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    Is normal, DJ remains a class act.
     
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  8. BC

    BC Eez Normal Belt

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    If he did a lot of people would, GOAT is so subjective to whatever is most recent in the minds of mma fans though it’s always fluctating based off who put up the most recent performance.

    Objectively speaking there is a case for any of the following:

    Fedor
    GSP
    Jones
    Silva
    Aldo
    DJ
    DC

    Ultimately it all depends on the criteria of what you want to go with.
     
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  9. Sansnom

    Sansnom Silver Belt

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    I think any fighter who losses to an opponent kind of likes seeing their opponent win their next fight.

    Cejudo beating TJ makes DJ's loss look less bad.
     
  10. Jack Stevonovich

    Jack Stevonovich Green Belt

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    In my opinion he is the GOAT mixed martial artist as far as being a complete martial artist with the most evolved and technical skillset goes.
     
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  11. BC

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    I feel like he is the most complete fighter we’ve ever seen in MMA.
     
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  12. U O E N O

    U O E N O Is sexually attracted to Amanda Nunes

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    Bu..bu...but TJ! Bu...bu.. he never beat anyone I’ve heard of!
     
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    ScarecrowNZ White Belt

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    Why do you feel the need to be "That guy"? Where did the DJ touch you?
     
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    Doubt it severely.

    More than likely “TJ was drained from the weight cut. He’d (DJ) get wrecked at 135lbs”....
     
  15. MMouse

    MMouse Now you enter...the shredder Double Yellow Card

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    HNIC215 Semper Fidelis...

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  17. Pakman

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    He’s literally the best champion you could ask for minus GSP (GSP was the same in many regards except he had star power). Not sure what more people could want, he fought all the top contenders, he ruled the division, he finished fights. Pretty much one of the best fighters you could ask for ever and he still got shit on cuz he’s 125 lbs on the scale.
     
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  18. laleggenda27

    laleggenda27 Brown Belt

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    I'm a MM supporter, but the guy missed out on a huge opportunity by blatantly ducking TJ. After getting steamrolled by Cejudo, and in light of TJ formerly be steamrolled by Dodson, it's readily apparent that TJ can't handle fighters who are faster than he is.

    Well, MM made Cejudo and Dodson look relatively slow. Given the monumental speed advantage MM would have had against TJ, and TJ's apparent weakness is such situations, it's reasonable to believe that MM would have carved TJ up, as well. Instead, he avoided TJ in an apparent attempt to protect his title defense streak and fought Borg. Then he fought Cejudo, who was seemingly an easier opponent.

    Monumental mistake.
     
  19. BC

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    Well said.
     
  20. TankvsNelmark

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    He touched me the same spot your dad use to touch you when he was drunk little man
     

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