Dillashaw leaves no doubt, finishes Garbrandt for second time

Carla Harmon
August 5, 2018

LOS ANGELES - Saturday's reboot of a bantamweight title fight between TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt played out similarly to the first meeting eight months ago, though this time, it took Dillashaw only one round to get it done.

The dramatic victory for Cejudo throws chaos to the sport's pound-for-pound rankings as Johnson, 31, entered not just as the universally renown best fighter in the sport but among a shortlist of those in contention for G.O.A.T. status.

There has been speculation of a Johnson vs. Dillashaw dual title fight if all breaks right Saturday.

As for Garbrandt, 2 losses in a row to Dillashaw, the rivalry is closed, who knows what the future holds for the still promising young former champion, but a 3rd round with Dillashaw is not next after 2 KO losses.


The early preliminary fight between Perez and Torres was a highlight in the build-up to the main card fights between Demetrious Johnson and Henry Cejudo, as well as T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Grabrandt.

The rematch was a different kind of contest entirely as Cejudo, an Olympic gold medallist in freestyle wrestling, rallied from an early ankle injury to repeatedly disrupt the rhythm of "Mighty Mouse" with takedowns in the first of two title fights in Los Angeles.

But Cejudo stood up to the test and when the time came to read out the judges' scorecards, the heavy underdog was given the split decision nod, becoming only the second flyweight champion in UFC history.

"This cements my legacy as the greatest bantamweight of all time", Dillashaw said. But in the post-fight press conference, Johnson revealed he tore his LCL during the fight and also believes he broke his foot after repeatedly throwing leg kicks.


Welsh bantamweight Brett Johns ended up on the wrong side of the scores after his back-and-forth battle with Brazilian Pedro Munhoz went the distance in the night's featured preliminary bout.

There is talk of a fight between TJ Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz, however, Cruz needs to win against a top contender before being granted a shot at the title.

It was a decisive and impressive performance and gave him a strong argument as the best bantamweight of all time.

"Bring it baby, let's do this", Dillashaw said in response. "I'm going up and I want that belt too". I wanna fight the victor at 135 pounds. Dillashaw lands only 0.56 knockdowns per 15 minutes and Garbrandt had never been knocked down in his UFC career. I really believe that. Moraes is a well-rounded fighter and a former World Series of Fighting champion - I wouldn't be surprised to see him pull out a victory over Dillashaw.


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