Cejudo was tapped to fight Johnson this past April, after winning his first ten professional MMA fights and going 4-0 in the Octagon. The Olympic Gold wrestler, however, was quickly taken out by Johnson in the opening round with strikes.
More recently Cejudo’s been coaching TUF 24, opposite fellow flyweight contender Josephn Benavidez, who he’ll fight December 3rd. Recently Cejudo had this to say about his scrap with Johnson, and what went wrong (quote via UFC.com):
“The game plan was to clinch and I got hit to the body too quick. I thought I was going to bully Demetrious. I felt like I was going to dominate him,” Cejudo recalled. “I went into that fight thinking that today, I am going to be a world champ. I’m just going to manhandle this dude.
“And surprise, surprise – little did I know – welcome to MMA. I can’t go back in time, but looking at it now I know I have to get better in that area.”
Yup, when you’re as ridiculously well rounded and talented as Mr. Johnson is, you can expose any deficiency your opponent might have in a hurry. It will be interesting to see if Cejudo can get past Benavidez, whose only losses to date have come against Dominick Cruz and Johnson…Two of the best fighters this generation has seen.
Johnson, meanwhile, will face the winner of TUF 24 on December 3rd.