Now that his much discussed superfight with bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw is off the table, Demetrious Johnson’s next fight is expected to be a rematch with former opponent Henry Cejudo, who defeated by first-round TKO in 2016. That said, this rematch is far from set in stone.
On Wednesday afternoon, Cejudo took to Twitter in an effort to expedite negotiations for his second crack at the flyweight champ “Mighty Mouse.” He did so by criticizing the champ for his failure to draw significant audiences in previous outings, and for his well-known interest in video games.
See Cejudo’s incendiary Tweet below.
1)Lowest PPV in UFC history✅
2)Lowest Title fight gate✅
3)play video games all day✅
4)Haven’t fought for 8 months ✅
5)great fighter but nobody cares to watch him and I will kill the mouse @Mickmaynard2 @danawhite
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) May 16, 2018
It did not take Demetrious Johnson long to respond. In his response, Johnson pointed out that, despite his obsession with gaming — which eats up a lot of his time — he was still able to defeat Cejudo in their first fight.
I clocked all those hours in gaming and still worked you ass!
— Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouseUFC) May 16, 2018
“I clocked all those hours in gaming and still worked your ass!” Johnson said in his comeback.
From there, Cejudo once again responded, assuring that he has evolved into a completely different fighter since their first encounter.
When we fought, you fought a wrestler. You know and I know I’m going to knock your block off next time we fight. Get your shit together let’s do this. Finally people talking about you since I tweeted you. You’re welcome
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) May 17, 2018
“When we fought, you fought a wrestler,” Cejudo said. “You know and I know I’m going to knock your block off next time we fight. Get your shit together let’s do this. Finally people talking about you since I tweeted you. You’re welcome.”
Johnson then fired back a final time.
sorry busy……playing choi
— Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouseUFC) May 17, 2018
“sorry busy….. playing choi.”
In his next fight after his failed title bid opposite Demetrious Johnson, Henry Cejudo gave up a razor close decision to two-time flyweight title challenger Joseph Benavidez. In his next fight thereafter, he rebounded with second-round TKO of former title challenger Wilson Reis. In his most recent bout, Cejudo authored a dominant decision defeat of rising contender Sergio Pettis. At present, he is 12-2 overall.
Demetrious Johnson, meanwhile, is 27-2-1 overall. He’s defended the flyweight title three times since besting Cejudo, defeating Tim Elliot by decision, Wilson Reis by submission, and most recently, Ray Borg with the 2017 Submission of the Year frontrunner. He holds the record for most consecutive title defense by a UFC champion.
Does a Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo rematch interest you?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/16/2018.