T.J. Dillashaw (16-3) put an end to the feud with Cody Garbrandt (11-2) to keep his bantamweight title. The fight ended the night at UFC 227 held at the Staples Center.
Both fighters unloaded a storm of punches in the first round before Dillashaw ended the fight via TKO at the 4:10 mark of round one. Referee Herb Dean called the fight.
“He got me good,” Dillashaw said about early exchanges with Garbrandt. Dillashaw was able to shield himself from Garbrandt’s most massive punches before taking control.
Dillashaw is now 2-0 against Garbrandt and now says he is the “best bantamweight of all time.” He won the first fight by knockout at UFC 217 held at Madison Square Garden.
In the co-main event, Henry Cejudo (13-2) shocked the world as he defeated Demetrious Johnson (27-3-1) via split decision. It was a fight that surprised most. It is Johnson’s first loss since 2011 and his first in the flyweight division.
“This is a dream come true,” Cejudo said. “From Olympic gold medalist to UFC champion. I was born right here in Los Angeles, in a two-bedroom apartment, so from the bottom of my heart, thank you to these fans in California for their support. I felt very disrespected all week, with all of the talks of a super fight, so I am standing here now to say that I want the winner of the main event.”
“Henry Cejudo, let’s go baby!,” Dillashaw said in a post-fight interview.
With the win, Dillashaw tied Dominick Cruz with the most wins in the UFC/WEC Bantamweight history at 12.