Demetrious Johnson trains with Cejudo for Moraes rematch

AS Demetrious Johnson is gearing up for a critical rematch against One Championship flyweight titlist Adriano Moraes, he’s making sure he gets all the help he needs.

This includes training with a guy who has fought twice before.

Johnson worked with former rival Henry Cejudo in their rematch at One Fight Night 1 on Saturday morning at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

“We [had] this vacation was already planning to get out to Arizona and stay at our vacation home. Henry Cejudo’s gym, Fight Ready – an amazing gym – it’s over there,” Johnson said.

“I contacted him and [said], ‘Hey, when I get back there, do you want to get together and practice?’ He said, ‘Absolutely, man.’ So I contacted him and said, ‘Hey, I’m back here for two weeks. Let’s get to work.’ And he said, ‘Let’s do it.'”

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Cejudo, who has been retired since 2020, shared his two fights with Johnson and even teased the American again if he wins the One flyweight title.

However, their contractual obligations may make this trilogy a dream.

That’s no problem for Johnson, as he looks forward to working with Cejudo during the fight camps, and he even plans to return there by the end of the year to train with him again.

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“He has a few fights [on] this contract. I had a few fights [on] my contract. I will go back there in November and train with him. So, you know, if we were to fight it would be a totally different perspective,” Johnson said.

“There is respect between [us], two incredible athletes. I respected everything he did in mixed martial arts, and in wrestling he respected everything I did and still do in mixed martial arts.

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The relationship between them sounds like something straight out of a movie, and Johnson has already found the perfect comparison to this situation.

“It kinda reminds me of Rocky and Apollo. Because we’re in a gym and we’ve both faced each other, just like Rocky and Apollo faced each other twice,” he said.

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Kristen T. Prall