Tonight (Sat. August 4, 2018) the UFC 227 pay-per-view (PPV) went down from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. In the main event UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw once again finished longtime rival Cody Garbrandt.
Los Angeles’ co-featured bout shocked the mixed martial arts (MMA) world when Henry Cejudo dethroned Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson for the flyweight crown. Also, featherweight veteran Cub Swanson was defeated by Renato Moicano via submission.
Check out MMA News’ full coverage of UFC 227 here below:
- Bantamweight: (C) TJ Dillashaw vs. Cody Garbrandt
Neither man able to land anything clean in the opening minutes. Garbrandt rips off a combo but doesn’t get much on it. Dillashaw lands a nice kick to the body. Garbrandt and Dillashaw both land big hooks and rock each other. Garbrandt follows up with a nice knee. Both men start to trade in the middle and both land hard shots. Dillashaw lands a big shot in the pocket and drops Garbrandt.
Dillashaw lands a flurry of shots on Garbrandt’s face on the ground but he survives and gets to his feet. Another big shot from Dillashaw, and a wobbly Garbradnt stays on his feet. Garbrandt is hurt. Dillashaw continues his blitz and the ref has seen enough. That’s it.
Official Result: TJ Dillashaw def. Cody Garbrandt via R1 TKO (punches, 4:17)
- Flyweight: (C) Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo
Right off the bat it looks like Cejudo’s left ankle is giving him problems. Johnson is landing some kicks to the body. A high kick to the head lands for Johnson and Cejudo has one of his own blocked.
Both men eat some big punches inside of the pocket and back out to distance again. A big body kick lands for Johnson again. Cejudo catches a high kick from Johnson and takes him down momentarily, landing some big shots. Johnson gets back up to his feet quickly and reassesses. A big leg kick lands for Johnson. The round comes to an end.
Johnson catches one of Cejudo’s kicks and seems to be going for a takedown. Cejudo gets dominant position against the cage and begins to work but separates. Another big leg kick lands for Johnson. Cejudo clinches up with Johnson and is unable to get anything together. They separate and Cejudo lands a nice overhand.
Johnson is really working the lead leg of Cejudo. Johnson again lands a hard kick to the body. A takedown from Cejudo and he’s right into half guard. Cejudo works some ground-and-pound a bit, and gets in some knees in a sprawling position to end the round.
Johnson opens up the round with pressure and leg kicks. Cejudo lands a nice lead hook and Johnson response with some of his own. Another trip takedown attempt from Cejudo but he’s back up to his feet and against the cage. Back to striking now and Cejudo eats more leg kicks. Some nice shots land for Cejudo and Johnson with another big leg kick.
Cejudo gets the back clinch and takes Johnson down, but a beautiful scramble from Johnson gets him out of it. Cejudo is cut above his right eye. A nice body kick lands for Johnson and another takedown for Cejudo. Johnson scrambles out of it yet again and we’re back to the feet. Leg kick from Cejudo ends the fight.
Johnson lands some nice counter shots after Cejudo misses on a kick. Both men start to go to work inside the clinch. A nice jumping left hook from Johnson. Cejudo lands a nice kick to the body. He’s able to get Johnson down and is into half guard again. Cejudo is working from top position now. Cejudo is able to finish the round on top and lands some ground-and-pound.
Johnson comes in strong with a combo but misses. Another leg kick from Johnson and he follows up with a body kick. Cejudo rocks Johnson in what might have been a clash of heads inside the pocket. Johnson recovers quickly and shakes it off. Another crack from Cejudo but Johnson wears it fine. A nice counter left from Johnson lands and he gets a leg kick as well. Cejudo gets the back clinch and is working a takedown.
Johnson gets dominant position against the clinch and lands a knee. Cejudo gets a nice trip takedown but Johnson is back up to his feet. Cejudo lands a nice shot. Cejudo clinches Johnson and they exchange. They go nuts swinging and Cejudo is landing to end the round.
Official Result: Henry Cejudo def. Demetrious Johnson via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
- Featherweight: Cub Swanson vs. Renato Moicano
Swanson opens up with a few leg kicks. Moicano lands a jab and Swanson continues to attack the leg. A jumping kick to the body and leg kick land for Moicano and Swanson responds with a big hook.
Swanson lands a nice right hand and a big jab from Moicano knocks Swanson down. Moicano swarms and Swanson gets to his feet, but Moicano’s pressure is relentless. Moicano takes Swanson down and gets full mount. Swanson gives up his back and Moicano sinks in a rear-naked choke. Swanson is forced to tap out.
Official Result: Renato Moicano def. Cub Swanson via R1 submission (rear-naked choke, 4:15)
- Women’s strawweight: JJ Aldrich def. Polyana Viana via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
- Middleweight: Thiago Santos def. Kevin Holland via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-26)
- Bantamweight: Pedro Munhoz def. Brett Johns via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-27, 29-28)
- Bantamweight: Ricky Simon def. Montel Jackson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Bantamweight: Ricardo Ramos def. Kyung Ho Kang via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Featherweight: Sheymon Moraes def. Matt Sayles via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
UFC Fight Pass Prelims:
- Flyweight: Alex Perez def. Jose Torres via R1 KO (punches, 3:36)
- Women’s strawweight: Zhang Weili def. Danielle Taylor via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Bantamweight: Marlon Vera def. Wuliji Buren via R2 TKO (body punch and punches, 4:53)
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