The former Olympic Gold Medalist wrestler faced Johnson in the co-main event of the card, and Cejudo did score a nice takedown on the champ. Unfortunately for Cejudo, he didn’t land much after that, as Johnson got back to his feet and finished him with strikes from the clinch. Although Johnson was the favorite to defend the 125 title, not too many people were predicting he’d take Cejudo out in the opening round.
Following the event, here is what Cejudo had to say about the bout (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I underestimated his clinch and he hit me to the body on both sides. He did a good job. I underestimated his clinch. The plan was to take him there and then slowly wrestle him….
“He dominated me in that certain area,” Cejudo added. “I felt good, like my recovery. I’ve never felt this good. If you guys have ever fought, if you get hit to the body, man, it paralyzes you. It’s a humbling experience for me. I was humbled tonight.”
Yup, and Cejudo should be able to take comfort in the fact that he’s not the only man who’s been humbled by the champ. Johnson has showcased his boxing, wrestling and submission game in previous bouts, but this fight violently demonstrated that he’s a threat in the clinch as well.
Cejudo had gone 10-0 in MMA prior to facing “Mighty Mouse”. Who are the UFC going to get to challenge the champ?