Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight contenders Henry Cejudo and Wilson Reis battled last night (Sept. 9, 2017) at UFC 215 inside Rogers Arena in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Though Cejudo had come up short in his previous two outings — the only losses of his professional career — the Olympian actually impressed in his most recent fight, showcasing improved kickboxing. He was a large favorite ahead of this match, and Cejudo planned to return to the title mix with a victory.
On the other hand, Reis entered this fight as Demetrious Johnson’s most recent victim. Prior to that fight, though, Reis had shown improvement and generally looked pretty solid. If he could score the upset, it would be a great rebound.
Cejudo opened the bout with a wide Karate stance, but it allowed him to open with a few heavy right hands. Reis tried to move forward and roll into combinations, but Cejudo’s speed advantage and range control allowed him to get the better of almost every exchange.
Across the first five minutes, Cejudo completely dominated Reis. He scored a couple brief takedowns, but for the most part he stuck to brutalizing his opponent with fast combinations. Cejudo did a great job of mixing heavy shots to the body, and he also set up heavy kicks better than ever before.
Frankly, it was the best round of kickboxing in Cejudo’s career.
The fight didn’t last much longer. Cejudo planted his opponent on the mat with a crisp right hand, and this time Reis wasn’t getting up. A few follow up punches brought about an official end to the fight, but that initial right hand was brutal.
In Cejudo’s last fight, he really rose to the occasion to give Joseph Benavidez a hell of a fight. In this bout, the Olympian grew even further, showcasing a new style of kickboxing that worked brilliantly. Cejudo’s range control was brilliant, and he found a home for his right hand repeatedly. It helps that Reis really struggles with closing the distance, but that doesn’t take anything away from Cejudo.
This performance reinvigorates interest in Cejudo as a title contender. His first bout with “Mighty Mouse” ended in disaster, but this version of Cejudo looks worlds apart from the 2016 man.
A title shot would not be unreasonable after the Borg disaster.
As for Reis, he really showed no improvement in closing the distance. In fairness, few expected the Cejudo would employ a Karate stance and force Reis to come to him. That said, when that happened, it was up to Reis to make some kind of adjustment.
Instead, he kept ducking down and trying to roll forward without looking at Cejudo. That left him wide open to punches, kicks, and everything else, and it ended his night early.
Last night at UFC 215, Henry Cejudo returned to the win column with a violent stoppage win. Does Cejudo have anything for “Mighty Mouse” in a potential rematch?
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