“Nice, Demetrious!” Cejudo yelled, as Johnson finished Adriano Moraes with a stunning punch and a running knee (via his YouTube channel). “Yes, yes, yes, yes, f*ck, yeah. Sorry. Yes, yes. Ooh. Ooh. Woo.”
A good sport, an animated Cejudo just rolled with it.
“Can I say easy money, guys?” Cejudo said. “Can I say easy money? Jesus. This fight right here is the most competitive? … F*ck, he’s good. He’s good.”
The boisterous yelling and cheering woke up Cejudo’s one-year-old child, but even that didn’t stop “The King of Cringe” from being in awe of Johnson.
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) August 27, 2022
Johnson fought Cejudo twice during his UFC tenure. The first meeting happened at UFC 197 in April 2016 when Johnson ran through Cejudo with a knee and punches. A little over two years later, in August 2018, Cejudo became the first to beat Johnson at flyweight in the UFC when he captured the title with a split decision win at UFC 227.
Since that time and particularly after Johnson was traded to ONE Championship, the two fighters built a strong bond of respect and even trained together recently. The admiration was on display again when Johnson FaceTimed Cejudo post-fight Friday.
“I’m just calling to say what’s up, man, and I appreciate your support,” Johnson said. “I’ve got nothing but love for you. I’m not gassing you up, but saying good things about you. I was very appreciative for allowing me to come out and get to work with you.”
Cejudo later said, “Respect, man. When you get somebody like that, when you get somebody who’s done incredible things in the sport, like, you cannot pay for things like that. I’m honored. I’m honored and I’m extremely gracious. This isn’t ‘The King of Cringe.’ This isn’t ‘Triple C.’ This is Henry Cejudo.’ Crazy.
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