UFC 197 fight card primer: Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry CejudoGet the Full StoryBloody Elbow presents a preview of UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux in our fight card primer series. Here we look at the co-main event: Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo for Johnson's flyweight title. The co-main event of UFC 197, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, features flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson 23-2-1 MMA, 11-1-1 UFC and undefeated prospect and Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo 10-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC . Mighty Mouse is the #2 ranked P4P fighter in the world, while Cejudo is the #2 ranked contender in the 125 lbs division. UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux airs live from Las Vegas this Saturday, April 23. The main card airs on PPV with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET 7:00 p.m. PT, with the prelims starting at 8:00 p.m. ET 5:00 p.m. PT on Fox Sports 1 and 6:30 p.m. ET 3:30 p.m. PT on Fight Pass.
Johnson is the only champion in UFC flyweight history, which dates back to when he won the inaugural belt in September 2012. He's seldom been seriously challenged in his 7 successful title defenses, which is why some hail him as the best P4P fighter in the world. Cejudo is looking to put a stop to Mighty Mouse's incredible run, and his wrestling credentials are above anyone else Johnson has faced.
How do these two stack up?
Johnson: 29 years old 5'3" 64" reachCejudo: 29 years old 5'4" 64" reach
What have these two done recently
Johnson: W - John Dodson UD W - Kyoji Horiguchi SUB W - Chris Cariaso SUB Cejudo: W - Jussier Formiga UD W - Chico Camus UD W - Chris Cariaso UD
How did these two get here?
Johnson, as he did in 2014, fought twice in 2015, and predictably came away with dominant victories. He could've won a one-sided decision over Kyoji Horiguchi at UFC 186, but he sensationally submitted the Japanese talent with an armbar at 4:59 of round 5. It's the latest finish in UFC history, and one that can only be equaled for as long as we have 25 minutes as the maximum amount of time for bout duration. In the UFC 191 main event, Johnson dispatched John Dodson en route to a unanimous decision win, making him 2-0 in title defenses against Dodson, who fought him very competitively in their first meeting back in 2013. He's an astonishing fighter and it's a shame he doesn't get more respect and universal recognition from MMA fans.
Cejudo won the 55 kg gold medal in freestyle wrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, which followed a gold in the 2007 Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro in the same field. The youngest Olympic champion in USA wrestling history at 21 years old began his pro MMA career in 2013, with half of his 10 fights occurring that year. Cejudo's issue was weight-cutting, which led to him twice failing to make the 125 lbs limit in Legacy FC. His UFC debut vs. Scott Jorgensen was canceled when a medical issue forced him out on the day of the weigh-ins. Cejudo was given the order to go up to bantamweight, where he would beat Dustin Kimura in his UFC debut in December 2014. Last year, Cejudo fought 3 times, all at flyweight, and defeated Chris Cariaso, Chico Camus, and Jussier Formiga by unanimous decision. Now he's set for the big jump to the world's reigning king of the flyweight division.
Why should you care?
You have the most dominant champion in the UFC today going up against an Olympic gold medalist who could be one of the most accomplished combat sports athletes ever if he can vanquish "Mighty Mouse" tonight. This is absolutely compelling viewing.