“Of Course, Absolutely Yeah” – Demetrious Johnson Open to a Trilogy Against Henry Cejudo at ONE Championship

Published 09/28/2021, 2:00 PM EDT


Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo is one of the most talked-about rivalries in UFC history. However, this rivalry has not been put to rest as the pair are 1-1 against each other. 

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Both Johnson and Cejudo have accomplished a lot in their respective careers. ‘Triple C’ is a former UFC two-division champion and an Olympic gold medalist. Meanwhile, ‘Mighty Mouse’ is the former inaugural UFC flyweight champion and the 2019 ONE Championship flyweight World Grand Prix Champion

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Thus, a trilogy fight between the pair will be one of the most entertaining MMA bouts. It is a fight that fans have been wanting for a long time. And it might just come to fruition.

In an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda, Johnson revealed he is open to a trilogy fight against Cejudo. However, this time it would be in ONE championship.

‘Mighty Mouse’ said – “Of course, absolutely yeah. I feel like that would be another fight that a lot of fans would want to see.” 

Whether now or a few years after Cejudo can get out of his contract, this matchup will most certainly be as thrilling as the first two bouts between the two.

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Mighty Mouse on Henry Cejudo’s UFC contract

However good it may sound, to make this fight come to fruition would not be a simple task. As per Johnson, he still believes that Cejudo is still under a UFC contract. If that is true, it will be one of the biggest hurdles to make this trilogy possible.

In the same interview, Johnson said – “I believe he [Cejudo] is still under contract with the UFC. I mean, he did retire, but that’s what happens when you retire – they freeze your contract. That’s what happened to Urijah Faber, you know. I remember he expressed that he wanted to come and fight for ONE, but his contract froze.” 

“And it’s just like Jorge Masvidal – he wants to go fight Jake Paul, but they’re not going to let him do that. Especially as there’s fights that the UFC can make for Henry Cejudo. He can come back and fight Petr Yan. He can fight Aljamain Sterling. If he wanted to come back down to 125lb, he can do that as well.”

“I feel like when they let me out of my contract, there was nothing left for me to do over there. For Henry Cejudo, I feel there’s a lot more they could do with him than me when I was over there. But that’s my personal opinion.” – ‘Mighty Mouse’ added.

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Who won Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo 1 & 2?

The pair first locked their horns on April 23, 2016, at UFC 197. It was Johnson’s eighth title defense, while Cejudo was a rising prospect in the UFC flyweight division. 

‘Mighty Mouse’ dominated the entire fight en route to a dominating first-round TKO victory in only 2:49 minutes. Moreover, the UFC also awarded Johnson the ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus for this sensational victory.

The rematch took place on August 4, 2018, at UFC 227. Both had their moments in the rematch, however, Cejudo had done enough to claim a split decision victory to claim the UFC flyweight title.

It was Johnson’s first loss in 14 fights. Moreover, the rematch was so entertaining that the UFC awarded it the ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus. 

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Cejudo then defended his title and eventually claimed the UFC two-division championship crown by defeating Marlon Moraes for the UFC bantamweight championship title. Meanwhile, Johnson left the UFC after this rematch and inked a deal with ONE Championship.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Henry Cejudo talks with UFC president Dana White after announcing his retirement in the Octagon after his UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

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It is a matchup that will have two of the world’s top flyweights go at it. Thus, it is safe to say that fans would be thrilled to watch this exciting trilogy come to fruition. 

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What do you make of what Demetrious Johnson had to say about a trilogy against Henry Cejudo? Do you think it will ever come to fruition? Let us know in the comments.

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Arman Khan

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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