UFC 227 results: TJ Dillashaw emphatically KO's Cody Garbrandt to end rivalry

Mandatory Credit Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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Garbrandt will look to match Dillashaw as a two-time champion, whereas Dillashaw will try to cement his legacy with another victory.

Cejudo ended Demetrious Johnson's almost six-year reign as the UFC flyweight champion Saturday night at Staples Center, earning a split-decision victory over the most dominant active champion in the sport.

"I felt very disrespected all week, with all of the talk of a super fight so I am standing here now to say that I want the victor of the main event".

At UFC 217, Dillashaw was knocked down late in the first round and might have only been saved by the bell.

Dillashaw unloaded a fury of punches with ref Herb Dean closeby, None of the above yielded a kill shot Dillashaw was searching for along the fence, until he thought to raise his knee to Garnbrandt's lowered jaw.

The result should end the rivalry between Dillashaw and his former camp, Team Alpha Male.

"I am the best bantamweight of all time", Dillashaw said to Rogan.

Cejudo was born in Los Angeles, and he won an Olympic gold medal in freestyle wrestling as a 21-year-old phenomenon in 2008, becoming the youngest American to win a gold medal. Dillashaw is ranked as UFC's No. 6 pound-for-pound fighter.

After the result, Dillashaw welcomed a challenge by newly crowned flyweight champion Henry Cejudo.

Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson has been defeated. "I got a little excited when I should have slowed down and finished him, but I got the job done".

Dillashaw, who had previously been linked to a potential superfight with Johnson, said he was "disappointed" that Johnson lost Saturday.

Not long into the bout, Cejudo appeared to roll his left ankle, and for several moments, he had trouble putting weight on it. Johnson fired off a steady stream of kicks for the remainder of the round, and blitzed in with the odd flurry.

In a rematch of their bout from UFC 197 in 2016, which ended in a first-round KO for Johnson (27-4-1), Cejudo (14-2) was able to edge Johnson despite an evenly-matched battle.

Dillashaw said: "Bring it, baby".

Dillashaw called Garbrandt's chin into question ahead of the rematch, but he held up well to the final onslaught.

"I know what I can do with that right hand".

Garbrandt, a native of Uhrichsville, Ohio, went undefeated for four years before suffering his first loss to Dillashaw.

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