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31 Jul 2018 by Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Demetrious Johnson vs Henry Cejudo 2 at UFC 227

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AT A GLANCE

When is UFC 227? Sunday 5th August, 2018 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is UFC 227? Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

What channel is UFC 227 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 227? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT website

Are tickets still available for UFC 227? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets


THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

The first of two rematches for a UFC title has the pleasure of gracing the Staples Center in California. The co-main event features the pound-for-pound king, Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson and the number one contender, Henry ‘The Messenger’ Cejudo.

Portraying Johnson’s dominance in the division, Cejudo has been given a second opportunity to dent the status of the flyweight champion even though he was completely outclassed in their fight back at UFC 197. Since the defeat Cejudo lost a close decision to Joseph Benavidez but he responded with two phenomenal performances – a TKO over Wilson Reis and a decision over Sergio Pettis.

Mighty Mouse has picked off three more contenders in the meantime and after recovering from injury he is ready to put on a show again. He will be a huge favourite but Cejudo has not only improved but has added a whole new dimension to his game. The Olympic Wrestler has looked like a mini Lyoto Machida recently and is desperate to prove he can stand with Johnson.


THE PREDICTION

What was shocking in their first fight was that the gold medal winning Wrestler was out-grappled on the way to getting knocked out. Cejudo landed a takedown but was dismissively kicked off his feet enabling Mighty Mouse to spring back up.

The majority of the fight then took place in clinch but Johnson overwhelmed The Messenger with immaculate technique and timing allowing him to land a vicious knee that ultimately ended the fight.

This fight could really go anywhere – mainly because Mighty Mouse is good enough to do as he pleases. He is arguably the most complete fighter ever so it is down to Cejudo to back the strength of his wrestling but also leverage his new skills to surprise Johnson. Mighty Mouse rarely gets hit and has never been finished so Cejudo will need something special to cause any trouble but he has improved drastically in two years and he can hang with the champ for five rounds but unlikely to pull off an upset.

Winner: Johnson via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric

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