What an absolutely electric night of fights last night in California at the Staples Center for UFC 227. Without a doubt the co-main and main event stole the show, as they should but all around all the fights were entertaining to watch.
Cub Swanson vs Renato Moicano
Cub Swanson So-Cal native faced off against Renato Moicano. Moicano is on the rise in the Featherweight division as he entered the contest with a 12-1-1 record. But he had a tough challenge in front of him by the name of Cub Swanson, a very experienced veteran in the MMA world with a record of 25-9. Swanson being from Cali said on a UFC: Embedded episode leading up to the PPV that is was always a dream for him to fight at the Staples Center and that he spent $26,000 on tickets for his family and friends. That’s a lot of money. Like a lot a lot. And was it money well spent? Absolutely not. Swanson got his ass torched and submitted in the first round. He got hit with a barrage of punches and eventually allowed Moicano to take his back. Never a good idea. He then got choked out faster than Robert Carradine with a belt. Whoops. Not the kind of performance you want to put on in front of your hometown.
Demetrious Johnson Vs Henry Cejudo – Flyweight Championship
The co-main event, easily the fight of the night, was Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson going up against Henry Cejudo. Johnson going for his 12th straight title defense as Flyweight champion. That’s right 12th. He’s had that belt around his waste since September 22nd 2012. Almost six years. He is hands down the most dominant MMA fighter of all time. Cejudo coming into the fight winning his last two bouts has fought DJ before and lost in the first round by TKO. But tonight was a different story. The two put on a show in a fight that lasted all five rounds. Back and forth action, both guys landing strikes, Cejudo scoring takedowns. The end of the final round was both guys swinging for the fences the final 15 seconds. They did not disappoint. The fight went to the scorecards and shockingly enough the judges awarded Cejudo the victory via split decision. Absolute craziness!!
Credit to DJ he was beyond gracious in his defeat and I’m looking forward to the rematch between the two.
TJ Dillashaw Vs Cody Garbrandt – Bantamweight Championship
The rematch I’ve been looking forward to since the first fight ended. The animosity between the two former teammates of Team Alpha Male. So excited. TJ got the better of Cody the first fight knocking him out and stealing the belt away from him. Could lightning strike twice? First and foremost I was dead wrong in my prediction on this. I thought Cody was going to get the better of TJ the second time around but holy shit was I wrong. Cody was the aggressor early on stalking down TJ throwing a lot of kicks. But TJ remained calm, cool and collected as always. Cody rushed in on TJ like he did in the first fight and Killashaw mode was activated. TJ landed a counter right flush to the temple of Cody putting him on his ass.
You thought Cody would have learned from the first fight, nope! TJ stayed on top of Cody and never let him recover. Garbrandt couldn’t shake the cobwebs and TJ keep coming at him. Landing flurries of punches and eventually a knee and a couple more punches against the cage before Herb Dean would step in and call the fight. TJ did it again and this time it only took him a round. AND STILL!!!!!!!
When Dillashaw is in the zone he is hands down the best Bantamweight probably of all time. He has three losses, one against Dominick Cruz, one against Raphael Assuncao and the last one against Jon Dodson earlier in his career. TJ doesn’t back down from a challenge and when he has to step up he always does. Hats off to him, the guy is on another level lately and if the fight gets booked for Cejudo vs Dillashaw because two division champion is the cool thing to do nowadays, thanks Conor, that fight will be amazing to watch between two very technical fighters and I’m here for that.