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UFC 227: T.J. Dillashaw finishes Cody Garbrandt again to retain bantamweight crown

T.J. Dillashaw (16-3-0) used a right hook counter and a vicious Muay Thai plum knee to stop Cody Garbrant (11-2-0) and defend his bantamweight crown in the main event of UFC 227 last night in Los Angeles.

Garbrandt, the former champion, started off well, cautiously moving forward with plenty of kicks to keep Dillashaw honest. Dillashaw, who was on the outside early on, was content to gauge his former Team Alpha Male teammate’s timing and adjustments. But when the two started exchanging, Dillashaw once again took Garbrandt’s best shots and countered effectively.

Referee Herb Dean called the bout at 4:10 of the first round.

Dillashaw now has wins over Garbrandt and former champs like Renan Barao in his back pocket. He did lose a close split-decision to another former champ, Dominick Cruz in January 2016.

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But the biggest surprise of the night was easily Henry Cejudo taking a narrow split-decision win from Demetrious Johnson and becoming the company’s second flyweight champion. Johnson won the belt at Toronto’s UFC 152 in September 2012, and defended it 11 times over a span of almost six years.

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Cejudo and Johnson earned Fight of the Night, while Dillashaw and Renato Moicano earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS 

MARLON VERA  VS. WULIJI BUREN

 

WINNER: MARLO VERA VIA TKO (BODY PUNCHES AND STRIKES) R2 4:53

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARLO VERA VIA UD

Andrews: Ye olde liver shot.

DANIELLE TAYLOR VS. WEILI ZHANG 

 

WINNER: WEILI ZHANG VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DANIELLE TAYLOR VIA UD

Andrews: I guess Zhang is the real deal. She fought long and kept Taylor on the outside. “Dynamite” just might be too small for the division.

ALEX PEREZ  VS. JOSE TORRES 

 

WINNER: ALEX PEREZ VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 3:36

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JOSE TORRES VIA TKO

Andrews: Perez just unloaded on Torres.

TSN 5 PRELIMS 

MATT SAYLES VS. SHEYMON MORAES

 

WINNER: SHEYMON MORAES VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MATT SAYLES VIA TKO

Andrews: “Robo” was outworked and couldn’t land enough the big shots. Good win for Moraes.

RICARDO RAMOS VS. KYUNG HO KUNG 

 

WINNER: RICARDO RAMOS VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RICARDO RAMOS VIA UD

Andrews: Close battle. I enjoyed the fight.

RICKY SIMON VS. MONTEL JACKSON 

 

WINNER: RICKY SIMON VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MONTEL JACKSON VIA TKO

Andrews: Well, Jackson had early trouble, but could not do much about it. Simon just took him to the ground and grinded him out.

#9 PEDRO MUNHOZ VS. #14 BRETT JOHNS 

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WINNER: PEDRO MUNHOZ VIA UD (30-26, 29-28 29-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BRETT ST. JOHNS VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Munhoz put it on St. Johns pretty good.

MAIN CARD 

#13 THIAGO SANTOS VS. KEVIN HOLLAND

 

WINNER: THIAGO SANTOS VIA UD (29-27, 29-27, 30-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: THIAGO SANTOS VIA TKO

Andrews: Good performance by Holland, on ten days notice. Santos was Santos.

POLYANA VIANA VS. JJ ALDRICH 

 

WINNER: J.J. ALDRICH VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: POLAYANA VIANA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Viana tried, but Aldrich’s wrestling and ground game was too strong.

#5 CUB SWANSON VS. #10 RENATO MOICANO

 

WINNER: RENATO MOICANO VIA SUBMISSION R1 4:15

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CUB SWANSON VIA UD

Andrews: Moicano simply outstruck Swanson and put him to bed with the RNC. Impressive first round win.

DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON VS. #1 HENRY CEJUDO 

 

WINNER: HENRY CEJUDO VIA SD (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! What a fight! I thought Johnson won the fight, but major props to Cejudo for making major improvements and impressing the judges. Also props to Mighty Mouse for being impeccably classy in defeat. Let these two go again.

MAIN EVENT

TJ DILLASHAW VS. CODY GARBRANDT

 

WINNER: T.J. DILLASHAW VIA TKO R1 4:10

ANDREWS PREDICTION: T.J. DILLASHAW VIA TKO

Andrews: Another impressive win for Dillashaw, taking advantage of Cody dropping his left hand on right hooks. Cody looked good early and the kicks kept Dillashaw honest, but it was the exchanges that revealed he hadn’t corrected his defence.

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KenaiAndrews
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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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