UFC 227 results: TJ Dillashaw emphatically KO's Cody Garbrandt to end rivalry

UFC 227 results: TJ Dillashaw emphatically KO's Cody Garbrandt to end rivalry

In a thrilling conclusion to UFC 227 on Saturday night, TJ Dillashaw (17-4) retained his UFC Bantamweight belt with a first-round technical knockout of rival and former teammate Cody Garbrandt (11-3). Despite Dillashaw was rocked that counter landed!

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"I don't know what the fight to make is right now for these two, but we'll see", White said.

Dillashaw didn't relent, unleashing another quick flurry before landing a attractive knee from the Thai clinch flush on Garbrandt's chin before referee Dean mercifully called a halt to proceedings. At the host hotel, flyweight title challenger Henry Cejudo has friendly interactions with other stars from the card, including bantmaweight title challenger Cody Garbrandt and his own opponent, flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson.

After his historic flyweight title win, Cejudo said he wanted a crack at the bantamweight title next, and a shot at the night's main event victor.

Cejudo won his first 10 pro fights to earn his first shot at Johnson, but Mighty Mouse stopped him with a flurry of punches in the first round of their first meeting 28 months ago.

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"America is all about winners", he said.

For whatever reasons, American fight fans, both in boxing and MMA, tend to not get as excited over the smaller guys.

"Olympic champion, now UFC champion. I'm out here performing, and I'm fighting the best in the world". Demetrious Johnson didn't go up (to bantamweight). "(Johnson) would deserve it. T.J. has always thought about going down, and I'm saying, 'Hey, it's no more D.J. It's Henry Cejudo, and I want to go up.' Let's do it - 135 pounds.

In true UFC form, during Cejudo's post-fight interview, the new belt holder called out the victor of UFC 227's other co-main event, TJ Dillashaw vs. As a competitor, Dillashaw said his desire to fight everyone hasn't diminished.

TJ landed a body kick and Cody went for a spinning back fist, but missed entirely.

But despite facing the real possibility of being finished for the first time in his MMA career, Johns battled back superbly and remained in the contest all the way to the final buzzer.