Henry Cejudo failed in his first attempt to dethrone longtime dominate Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, losing via first-round knockout back in 2016. But after getting back on the winning track by knocking out Wilson Reis in the second round at UFC 215 last night (Sat., Sept. 9, 2017) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (recap here), Cejudo is confident he’s the one to take down “Mighty Mouse.”
“I’m the one,” Cejudo said during the post-fight presser via MMA Junkie. “I know I’m the one. I have the style, I have the wrestling. I know I’m the one to beat Demetrious Johnson. No disrespect to these fighters, no disrespect to any of them. Anybody has that fighter’s chance, but I believe I have the style to eventually beat him, and I truly do believe that.”
Cejudo’s win was his first after suffering back-to-back defeats. And though he wants a rematch against Johnson, he isn’t in a hurry to get it, as he wants to be fully prepared before taking on the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world again.
“Emotionally, I do want to fight him right away,” Cejudo said. “Technically, am I going to be ready for this guy? I don’t want to just fight Demetrious; I want to beat him. He’s been on my mind since he beat me. I’m a competitor, man. To get stopped in front of 20,000 people, that (expletive) hurts. I think about it a lot. There’s a reason why he’s the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. That’s who I have to beat – not just fight, beat.”
Instead, Henry has his eyes set on Sergio Pettis after their initial matchup set for UFC 211 was nixed due to a last-minute injury to Cejudo. It’s a matchup “The Phenom” wants, as well.
As for Demetrious, his fight against Ray Borg will likely be rescheduled soon after Borg was forced out of the title fight that was supposed to headline UFC 215.
For complete results from UFC 215: “Nunes vs Shevchenko 2,” including play-by-play updates, click here.