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Henry Cejudo Discusses His Rematch With Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227

July 12, 2018 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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MMAjunkie recently spoke to UFC fighter Henry Cejudo, who is set to face Demetrious Johnson for the UFC flyweight title at UFC 227. This is Cejudo’s second shot at the title and Johnson after getting knocked out by Johnson in their first fight at UFC 197 in April 2016. Below are some highlights.

Cejudo on getting a second chance at the title: “There’s not too many times in life do you get a chance at redemption. 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 on why he’s been adamant for this 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. 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.

His thoughts on Demetrious Johnson: “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. … His style will never change. His style is always going to be different, but he’s become more patient. His timing is better, his distance is better, and he’s polishing up on all those minor details. At this stage in the game, it’s all about details. He’s done a great job with that, but I think I’m dangerous, and I can do a little bit more. I can have multiple game plans. I have a dominant base, and that’s one area where I feel good.”