Cejudo Used Trash Talk to Gain Rematch
Henry Cejudo, of course, would want another shot at Demetrious Johnson and the UFC Flyweight Title — and that’s what he’ll get in the co-main event of UFC 227 on Aug. 4.
But original plans did not work out that way. For the longest time, the UFC has been trying to book a superfight between Johnson and two-time and current UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw. But when those plans fell apart, Cejudo was the next best option.
Cejudo told MMA Junkie he knew that he would be next if the Johnson-Dillashaw fight didn’t happen, but he needed a way to make sure. Cejudo started provoking the longtime flyweight champion on social media, urging him to sign the fight contract and that things would not go down like their original encounter. Mighty Mouse finished Cejudo in 2:49 at UFC 197 back in April 2016.
The social media actions are not a part of Cejudo’s usual character, but he understands it’s a part of MMA’s entertainment value and build towards superstardom and more opportunities — as seen from the likes of Conor McGregor and, most recently, Colby Covington.
“I come from the sport of wrestling where there’s nothing but respect on the mat,” Cejudo said. “In MMA, it’s a sport, but it’s entertainment, too. Look at Colby Covington. The guy can fight and the guy can talk. To a lot of people he just grinds people out, and many people consider him boring, but because he opens his mouth, people want to watch him fight. A lot of people want to see him win, a lot of people want to see him lose. There’s more eyes on him.
“I’ve learned that in MMA it’s the entertainment side. I’m grasping that from now on. If I have to pick on somebody to get the fight, then that’s what I have to do, especially for the flyweight division.”
But the champion seems to have not respond much, if at all, to Cejudo’s antics. Cejudo respects it may be a one-man build up to the fight because Johnson doesn’t have many conflicts outside of the cage.
“He’s a smart guy and he’s trying to stay in his lane,” Cejudo said. “He’s trying to do whatever it takes to get his 12th title defense. He wants to have minimal distractions in his life. It’s good and it’s bad. It’s good in that he’s winning; but the entertainment side. I’m not a bad guy by any means, but everything needs to have a storyline. There’s got to be a storyline to it.”
Original Story: MMA Junkie