UFC RETURNS TO L.A. WITH TWO THRILLING CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCHES
Las Vegas – UFC will return to Los Angeles with a blockbuster bantamweight championship rematch that will see T.J. Dillashaw defend against former champ and No.1 contender Cody Garbrandt. In the co-main event, UFC flyweight champion and No.1 pound-for-pound fighter Demetrious Johnson will run it back with No.2-ranked contender Henry Cejudo. UFC 227 goes down Saturday, August 4 at STAPLES Center and will air live on Pay-Per-View.
Among the most heated rivals in UFC history, Dillashaw and Garbrandt first locked horns last November. Following a series of exciting back-and-forth exchanges, Dillashaw delivered a spectacular second-round KO to recapture the 135-pound title.
Dillashaw now looks to get the last laugh over his former teammate. A diverse striker and talented grappler, he’s earned victories over a who’s who in the bantamweight division. Over the course of his UFC career, he’s bested Renan Barao (twice), Raphael Assuncao and John Lineker. Another impressive victory will allow him to close the book on his feud with Garbrandt.
As for Garbrandt, the former titleholder aims for a measure of revenge. Known for his highlight-reel knockouts, he tore a path of destruction through the division en route to dethroning Dominick Cruz in 2016. During his UFC stint, the heavy-handed striker has stopped Takeya Mizugaki, Thomas Almeida and Augusto Mendes. Garbrandt now aims to even the score and reclaim the bantamweight championship.
Also, at UFC 227, flyweight champion Johnson (27-2-1, fighting out of Parkland, Wash.) will see a familiar face in Cejudo (12-2, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.), as he goes for his record 12th consecutive title defense. The two originally met two years ago, with Johnson defending his title via impressive TKO.
Since then, Johnson has picked up three more sensational wins, including highlight-reel submissions against Wilson Reis and Ray Borg. The latter set a new record for UFC title defenses. Johnson has also bested Joseph Benavidez (twice), John Dodson (twice) and Kyoji Horiguchi. He now plans to notch another defense and continue building his already impressive legacy.
An Olympic gold medalist wrestler, Cejudo is gunning for his first UFC championship. A decorated grappler with heavy hands, he’s topped Sergio Pettis, Henry Cejudo and Jussier Formiga during his climb up the flyweight ranks. With the 125-pound title in his sights, Cejudo not only plans to reach his destiny, but also plans to hand Johnson his first loss in almost seven years.
Additional bouts on the card include:
- In a clash of featherweight contenders, No.5-ranked Cub Swanson faces No.9 Renato Moicano
- No.6-ranked middleweight contender Derek Brunson looks to turn back surging No.12 Antonio Carlos Junior
- Former women’s bantamweight title challenger and No.10-ranked contender Bethe Correia locks horns with No.12 Irene Aldana
- Polyana Viana looks to keep the momentum going when she meets rising star JJ Aldrich
- Ricardo Ramos goes for another highlight-reel KO against streaking Kyung Ho Kang
- Danielle Taylor aims to get back in the win column against debuting Weili Zhang
- Buren Wuliji takes on fellow prospect Bharat Khandare
- In a battle of exciting prospects, Benito Lopez meets Ricky Simon
UFC 227 will air live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Saturday, August 4, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT.