LOS ANGELES (AP) – Henry Cejudo ended Demetrious Johnson’s practically six-year reign because the UFC flyweight champion Saturday night time, incomes a split-decision victory for a surprising upset at UFC 227.
Cejudo (13-2) is an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler who solely began coaching in combined martial arts in 2013, however he used 5 takedowns and relentless offense to earn the choice.
He received 28-27 on two of the three judges’ scorecards to beat Johnson (27-3-1), who had received 13 consecutive fights since 2012 and had defended his 125-pound belt a UFC-record 11 straight occasions.
Johnson was the one flyweight champion in UFC historical past. Though profitable in placing, Johnson did not have his traditional resourceful efficiency in his return from a career-long layoff of 10 months.