UFC 227 is now history, and it certainly delivered it’s share of high-level violence. TJ Dillashaw ended Cody Garbrandt’s night early in a more one-sided bout than their first. Garbrandt chose to trade with Dillashaw early and often, putting his faith in his power and speed. Dillashaw proved his first victory wasn’t a fluke, taking Garbrandt’s best shots and countering him with right hands that sent Garbrandt reeling to the edge of the dark lands. Dillashaw’s nickname ‘the Viper’ may be the way he owned the snake emojis that followed him after Conor McGregor christened him a snake in the grass, but he has an unparalleled killer instinct. The referee stepped in to save a hurt Garbrandt as TJ began pouring on the head trauma.
In the co-main event, meanwhile, the Mighty Mouse was unseated after his long reign, losing a very close split decision to Olympic freestyle wrestler Henry Cejudo. Demetrious Johnson didn’t even seem fazed by the loss, always the frustratingly calm, consummate professional. Cejudo’s takedowns, while they didn’t lead to any crushing punishment, did make the difference, as he was able to hold Johnson down for several stretches of the bout.
Cejudo called for a superfight with TJ Dillashaw, to the delight of the crowd, but it didn’t make much sense, given the way he won the belt, according to the commentary team talking on the broadcast after the show. Jon Anik and Joe Rogan agreed with Daniel Cormier that, if ever an immediate title rematch was warranted, Demetrious Johnson deserved one.
“I know it’s the thing to do right now” Cormier deadpanned on superfights, looking straight at the camera, “But if Demetrious Johnson doesn’t get a rematch, there’s no hope for any of us!”
Joe Rogan then asked Cormier,
To play devil’s advocate, doesn’t Stipe Miocic deserve a rematch then?
The light heavyweight and heavyweight champion chuckled. It was only the month prior, at UFC 226, that he moved up to heavyweight and won the belt from three-time defending champion Stipe Miocic via first-round knockout. Immediately in the cage afterwards, he had invited Brock Lesnar in to build some drama for the WWE superstar’s comeback. With Lesnar slated to return early in 2019, Cormier is effectively looking for a massive payday before his stated plan to retire around the age of 40.
11 title defenses are very different to 3.
I’m fighting Brock Lesnar because it’s Brock Lesnar. However, if Brock Lesnar doesn’t make it to the fight for any reason, I will immediately rematch Stipe Miocic!
Joe Rogan has made it clear that he agrees with Miocic, who called for an immediate rematch. Miocic was the longest-defending champion in UFC heavyweight history. Demetrious Johnson, of course, was the only champion in UFC flyweight history, and widely regarded as among the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in history. Unlike Miocic, he lost by split decision to a fighter he had previously beaten in one round; a rematch would be closing a trilogy. In addition, heavyweight has a worthy contender in the form of 27-year old Curtis Blaydes, who is on a six-fight unbeaten streak. Flyweight’s only contender in position is a Sergio Pettis who Cejudo soundly trounced less than a year ago. On the other hand, Johnson thinks he tore his LCL and possibly broke his foot in the loss.
Should Miocic be awarded an immediate rematch? What about Demetrious Johnson? Let us know what you think.
Who should get an immediate rematch?
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Demetrious Johnson, only
Stipe Miocic, only
Both Stipe Miocic and Demetrious Johnson
Neither, immediate title rematches are bunk
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