LOS ANGELES — Saturday’s reboot of a bantamweight title struggle between TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt performed out equally to the primary assembly eight months in the past, although this time, it took Dillashaw just one spherical to get it finished.
Dillashaw (16-Three) knocked out Garbrandt (11-2), his heated rival and former teammate, at four:10 of the opening spherical at UFC 227 inside Staples Heart. The 135-pound title struggle was a direct rematch of a bout at UFC 217 in November that Dillashaw received by way of TKO within the second spherical.
Henry Cejudo handed Demetrious Johnson his first loss since 2011 on Saturday night time at UFC 227, turning into the most recent flyweight champion.
Referee Herb Dean waved it off as Dillashaw unloaded punches and a knee alongside the fence. That was the ultimate sequence of the TKO, but it surely was a pair of proper palms that basically put Garbrandt in hassle. It was additionally the appropriate hand that put him away within the first struggle at UFC 217.
“I’m the most effective bantamweight of all time,” Dillashaw mentioned within the Octagon. “That is it: Greatest bantamweight of all time. Right here now.”
The end result ought to finish the rivalry between Dillashaw and his former camp, Group Alpha Male. Dillashaw used to coach alongside Garbrandt however left the staff in 2015. He now trains out of Los Angeles.
After the end result, Dillashaw welcomed a problem by newly topped flyweight champion Henry Cejudo. Cejudo upset Demetrious Johnson within the co-main occasion of UFC 227 and instantly acknowledged his intent to maneuver up in weight.
Requested a couple of potential tremendous struggle with Cejudo, Dillashaw mentioned, “It appears like a enjoyable struggle. I would not say it ought to occur. He most likely has to present a rematch to Demetrious Johnson. But when they make that, I am excited.”
Dillashaw, who had beforehand been linked to a possible superfight with Johnson, mentioned he was “disenchanted” that Johnson misplaced Saturday. He added that Johnson “completely” deserves a rematch with Cejudo.
“He is a really dominant champion,” Dillashaw mentioned. “They’re 1-1. It is smart. We’ll see.”
Garbrandt, 27, landed just a few proper palms that appeared to affect Dillashaw, however as soon as he started to lose management of the bout, he by no means reclaimed it. Dillashaw suffered a small mouse underneath his proper eye, however he continued to maintain a tempo on Garbrandt.
In accordance with Fightmetric, Dillashaw landed 34 of an tried 62 strikes. Garbrandt landed solely 10 of his 39.
Dillashaw known as Garbrandt’s chin into query forward of the rematch, however he held up effectively to the ultimate onslaught. After staggering backward to the fence from a proper hand, Garbrandt ate a knee and several other punches earlier than the struggle was known as as he was nonetheless standing.
“I knew I used to be gonna flip the script on him,” Dillashaw mentioned. “Cody was going to come back out pondering I used to be gonna throw kicks and transfer round, take it straightforward — however I do know he does not have a chin. I do know he likes to play a harmful sport. I needed to beat his proper hand with my very own and present him who has the actual energy.”
Garbrandt, a local of Uhrichsville, Ohio, went undefeated for 4 years earlier than struggling his first loss to Dillashaw.