Even in super slo-mo, Demetrious Johnson's UFC 216 finish is pretty unfathomable

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Slow it down all you want, Demetrious Johnson’s incredible submission of Ray Borg at UFC 216 still blows the mind.

As you’d expect, Johnson’s “Submission of the Year” candidate was featured in the UFC’s latest “Phantom Cam” highlights package, covering this past weekend’s UFC 216 event in Las Vegas. The sequence might be even more impressive when it’s slowed down enough for mere mortals to understand.

Check out that highlight and more – including some fantastic footage of the “Fight of the Night” between Bobby Green and Lando Vannata, as well as Tony Ferguson’s interim title-winning performance over Kevin Lee – in the footage above.

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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And for his next trick, the great Demetrious Johnson will attempt … what, exactly?

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After submitting Ray Borg with something out of a Spiderman comic at UFC 216, the one thing Demetrious Johnson didn’t want to talk about was his immediate fighting future.

“Everyone is so quick to jump to the next one,” the UFC flyweight champ said. “It’s been 25 minutes since the fight.”

Fair enough, but now it’s been over 36 hours since the fight, so can we talk about it yet?

I only ask because it feels like Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) is at a crossroads. His win over Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) on Saturday night in Las Vegas shattered the record for consecutive UFC title defenses. It also established him as a bonafide ninja, thanks to a transition from slam to armbar that most of us didn’t even know was possible.

So now Johnson has records and highlights that may never be topped. Who knows, he might even be on the verge of breaking through to another level of popularity with fans, since even the most curmudgeonly flyweight hater has to admit that he’s something special now.

Opportunity is in the air for the champ. But if he squanders it now, it may never come again.

Realistically, there are two options for Johnson’s next fight: 1) He can fight another flyweight, continuing his reign of terror over all 125-pound men, or 2) He can fight a bantamweight, essentially accepting a weight handicap as a means to test his skill.

If he goes with door No. 1, we’re probably looking at a fight against the winner of Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis, who are set to square off in December. The problem is, Johnson has already beaten Cejudo – easily – and he’d be a huge favorite to do the same to Pettis, who’s still a work in progress at 24.

This is a side effect of Johnson’s greatness. He’s dominated his own weight class so thoroughly that any fight in that division now comes with at least the perception of a low degree of difficulty. It feels like he’s walking a tightrope that’s six inches off the ground. He looks good doing it, and he manages to pull off some amazing tricks on his way across, but it never feels like he’s in any real danger.

That brings us to the second option. Johnson’s been reluctant to go back up to bantamweight without the promise of a big payday, and he balked at welcoming a bigger fighter to his division because he worried that a problem on the scales might prevent him from breaking the title-defense record.

Both those concerns seem less like dealbreakers now. Johnson already has the record, so a failed weight cut wouldn’t be such a big deal. And the UFC could sure use a champion-vs.-champion superfight right about now, since there aren’t too many marquee attractions on the calendar past early November.

The point is, now feels like the time for something special. And since Johnson’s record is a testament to his consistency and longevity when it comes to the task of beating up flyweights, watching him beat up one more probably isn’t going to feel all that novel.

Now’s the time for a new challenge, one he might actually fail at.

If not, he risks letting his success become so common that we take it – and him – for granted.

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Demetrious Johnson on historic UFC 216 title defense: 'No one was going to take this away from me'

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LAS VEGAS – Not only did UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson make history on Saturday at UFC 216, but he did so with maximum style points, submitting Ray Borg with a brilliant armbar setup.

Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) forced Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) to tap out in the fifth round of the UFC 216 co-headliner, which took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass. With the win, “Mighty Mouse” earned his 11th consecutive title defense, surpassing Anderson Silva’s longstanding all-time record.

It’s been a goal of Johnson’s to set himself apart from all other champions in UFC history, and his performance against Borg helped him do that in several key categories. Johnson’s reign has lasted more than five years, and in arguably the most crucial fight for his legacy so far, he said he wasn’t going to be denied.

“There was a long time ago in PRIDE: (Mirko) ‘Cro-Cop’ (Filipovic), it was his birthday, and he had that look on his face like nobody was going to take that championship away from him,” Johnson told reporters at the UFC 216 post-fight news conference. “That’s how I felt (Saturday). I felt like no one was going to take this away from me. The weight cut went easy. All my training sessions went easy. I kind of did whatever I wanted this week. Everything just felt good. When I fight guys who are my size – 5-foot-3, 5-foot-5 – it’s fine. You never know you’re going to win until the referee pulls you off.”

Although Johnson’s place in history will be argued by some due to his level of competition and the fact he’s gone into nearly every fight as a colossal betting favorite, his ability inside the octagon is second to none.

Johnson’s stunning finish was met universally with praise and astonishment, but he said he knew exactly what he was doing when he tossed Borg in the air and locked up his limb.

“It was another day in the office,” Johnson said. “Every fight is like the last one. It was special to pull that off that finish. I’ve been working on that submission in the gym. I was so tired from doing it, but I’ve practiced it a 1,000 times, and that’s what I got. My coach said, ‘You mastered it in the gym and pulled it off in the octagon.’”

Having essentially cleared out the entire queue of relevant 125-pound challengers, Johnson’s next move is up in the air. He’s received some pressure from both the fans and UFC brass to test his skills against fighters in the bantamweight division, but Johnson doesn’t appear keen on making the change unless he’s awarded significantly greater compensation.

Johnson said prior to the bout with Borg that he view the winner of the UFC 218 matchup between Henry Cejudo (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Sergio Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) as the most likely next contender. However, when asked about the future following UFC 216, Johnson dismissed all questions, opting instead to revel in the greatness of his most recent major accomplishment.

“I’m going to go home and spend time with my family and soak this one in,” Johnson said. “My motivation is to get better and to work on everything. Everyone is so quick to jump to the next one. It’s been 25 minutes since the fight. I’m going to spend some time with my family and kids, and enjoy this for a little bit.”

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Kevin Lee, Ray Borg and UFC 216's losing fighters?

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(ALSO SEE: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for UFC 216’s winning fighters?)

UFC 216 will go down as event to forget for some, because all four main card losers were put away in the distance on the pay-per-view lineup at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

After the opening between Evan Dunham and Beneil Dariush went to a draw, each subsequent fight saw the loser forced to tap out, including Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in his interim lightweight title headlining bout with Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) as well Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in his first UFC title bout with Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC).

Prior to the championship bouts, Walt Harris (10-6 MMA, 3-5 UFC) and Kalindra Faria (18-6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) were put away by there respective opponents in less than three minutes each.

After every event, fans wonder whom the losing fighters will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 216’s losing fighters.

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Kalindra Faria

Should fight: “The Ultimate Fighter 26” cast member
Why they should fight: Faria’s UFC debut came under less than ideal circumstances. After being booked or short notice then having her opponent switched on even shorter notice, the Brazilian fell short against Mara Romero Borella with a first-round submission loss.

Faria is one of the most established veterans of the women’s flyweight division, and although the UFC debut didn’t go her way, she’s still a promising member of the organization’s newest weight class.

The Brazilian would have liked her octagon career to begin under better circumstances, but Faria will certainly get another chance to prove herself. The infancy of the 125-pound division makes it difficult to judge who her next fight should be, but a matchup with someone who does well on the current season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which will crown the division’s inaugural champion, would be fitting.

Walt Harris

Should fight: Mark Godbeer
Why they should fight: Opportunity knocked and Harris answered, but unfortunately he wasn’t able to charge through the door. After Derrick Lewis fell off the card just before it was scheduled to begin, Harris stepped in to take on a huge task in Fabricio Werdum. To the surprise of almost no one, it didn’t go his way.

Harris had never fought anyone close to Werdum’s caliber, and it showed. He was quickly taken down and submitted within 65 seconds. Instead of getting down on a high-profile loss, though, “The Big Ticket” took it all as a learning experience to get better.

Before the last-minute scramble Harris was booked to fight Godbeer (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) on the card. It would be fair to both sides to put that matchup back together considering both men put in an entire training camp for each other but never got to put it to use.

Ray Borg

Should fight: Brandon Moreno
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Borg should fight Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) next.

Kevin Lee

Should fight: Al Iaquinta
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Lee should rematch Iaquinta (13-3-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Let's get another look at Demetrious Johnson's ridiculous armbar win at UFC 216

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Demetrious Johnson now has sole possession of the UFC’s most prestigious record – most consecutive title defenses – and he did it with flare.

In Saturday’s UFC 216 pay-per-view co-headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, flyweight champ Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) used a dazzling fifth-round armbar to submit Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and pick up his 11th straight title defense. But it wasn’t just any ol’ ordinary armbar.

No, Johnson elevated Borg, tossed him to the mat and then slapped on the fight-ending submission, which earned “Performance of the Night” honors.

You know, just as “Mighty Mouse” planned.

“A couple of weeks ago, (Borg) was saying when somebody’s planted, you have to shift their weight, and when they shift their weight, they’re light,” Johnson said after the event (check out the video above). “So I kneed him, and then I shook his weight – I shifted his weight, and when he shifted, he went back and threw and elbow, and I was like, ‘Got you.’”

Here’s the sequence in photo form:

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Understandably, the slick move had the MMA world buzzing.

Here are the fight-night commentators trying to contain their amazement as they recap the move (via YouTube):

The armbar also had fellow fighters buzzing, including UFC heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum (via Instagram):

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Johnson, who bested Anderson Silva’s record of 10 straight title defenses, said he drilled the “Mighty Armbar” during training camp.

We like his name for the move, but may we suggest another (via Twitter)?:

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Ray Borg: 'Sneaky' UFC champ Demetrious Johnson was like 'fighting my future self'

LAS VEGAS – Ray Borg was humble and had nothing but praise for UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson following a dominant defeat in his first title bout at UFC 216.

Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) entered Saturday’s pay-per-view co-headliner, which took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with nothing but confidence. He said he would submit Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) in the third round, but in the end it was Borg who was forced to tap out from one of the craziest armbar finishes to ever occur inside the octagon.

Although Borg felt ahead of the event that was more than ready for the challenge that is “Mighty Mouse,” reality did not play out in his favor. It’s been proven time and time again that there are levels to the sport of MMA, and Borg said he learned how much more there is to strive for.

“I felt like fighting D.J. was fighting my future self in a sense,” Borg told reporters at UFC 216’s post-fight news conference, which MMAjunkie attended. “I’m always two steps ahead of people, I’m always ahead of people. I’m always being sneaky with submissions. I truly thought I fought a future version of myself.”

Despite the disappointment of the result, Borg said he’s not going to be deterred. He’s seen what the peak of the sport looks like, and insisted he’s going to continue to strive to get there.

“It was definitely not the performance that I wanted at all,” Borg said. “Sharing the cage with him is something I can definitely put in my back pocket. Obviously I wasn’t on the receiving end of the win. I got away from my game plan a little bit.”

On top of handling the loss with class, Borg also showed some humility in the wake of the most high-profile fight of his career. Johnson ended the contest with one of the slickest slam-to-submission transitions ever, and it even impressed the man who fell victim to it.

“He hit the armbar mid-air,” Borg said. “He’s sneaky. I laughed at him a couple times because he pulled off some sneaky (expletive). It was a pretty cool sub. It wasn’t cool to be on the receiving end of it.”

Borg came to the post-fight news conference with his head held high, but in the immediate aftermath of the submission he was emotional about falling short of his dream. Borg said he’s not ashamed about crying over losing a fight, though, because that simply makes him aware of how passionate he is to succeed.

“When you want it so bad and you don’t get it, it’s heartbreaking,” Borg said. “My buddy told me, ‘If you don’t cry after a loss then you didn’t want it as much as you thought.’ I just wanted it. I really did. It wasn’t my night. It’s not my time. Since then, the only thing I can tell myself is I’m 24.”

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Champ Demetrious Johnson breaks down 'Mighty Armbar,' reveals potential knee injury

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LAS VEGAS – UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson used his opponent’s fighting philosophy against him to break the UFC’s all-time title defense record at UFC 216.

Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) was listening when Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) said in an interview he liked to upset his opponents’ balance to initiate winning scrambles. When he saw an opportunity to do the same, he seized it and pulled off his eye-popping armbar.

“A couple of weeks ago, he was saying when somebody’s planted, you have to shift their weight, and when they shift their weight, they’re light,” Johnson said at the pay-per-view event’s post-fight news conference at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “So I kneed him, and then I shook his weight – I shifted his weight, and when he shifted, he went back and threw and elbow, and I was like, ‘Got you.’”

Got you, indeed. In the fifth round, Johnson hoisted Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in the air and locked his arm on the way down, landing in position to finish the fight. Although Borg fought mightily to avoid the tap, he couldn’t do so without risking severe damage to his arm.

It wasn’t the first time Johnson had pulled off such a move, which he dubbed the “Mighty Armbar,” as improvisational as it seemed. He had pulled it off several times in practice for UFC 215, originally scheduled for his try at the all-time UFC record before Borg fell ill and was forced to withdraw the day before the fight.

But the general public would never have known it was coming, because Johnson has a strict rule of secrecy when it comes to his work in the gym.

“You see a lot of people that are doing their V-logs – I don’t show any of my training,” he said. “I just don’t do it. It’s none of your guys’ business what I’m doing in the gym. But we do have the (UFC) ‘Embedded’ crew come out there, and I show my warmup, and they’re like, ‘Dude, you need to let us film your sparring, because the stuff you’re doing in sparring, you’re actually doing in the octagon.’

“When I was in Edmonton (for UFC 215), I was practically throwing people up. I do it all the time in the gym.”

Johnson wasn’t running a typical schedule for the rescheduled fight, however. When the promotion pushed back the fight, it added one month to a camp in which he’d sustained an unknown knee injury, concerning his team.

“When I was up in Edmonton, I had an injury I was going to fight through, and (coach) Matt (Hume) was like, ‘Uh, you need to get that looked at,’” Johnson said. “When it got pushed back, I was like, great, now I have to go into training camp injured and try not to make it worse.”

Thankfully, Johnson managed to make it to Saturday’s fight, and he put on another performance for the ages in his 11th consecutive title defense. He is now the official record-holder after pulling ahead of former middleweight champ Anderson Silva, the longtime keeper of that accolade. Plus, he’s destined for the No. 1 spot in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA pound-for-pound rankings, complimenting his stranglehold on the flyweight list.

“It’s really good not to hear Anderson Silva’s name next to my name,” Johnson said. “Now, who has the longest reign of title defenses? Demetrious Johnson does.”

The next order of business for Johnson is to find out what’s going on with his knee.

“I have to get an MRI,” he said. “I can move fine, but when I sit back on my knees, if try to lay on my knees and try to take my butt to my heels, just excruciating pain in my right knee. I don’t know what it is – I’m going to get it looked at.”

In the meantime, a lot of people are going to be looking at what he pulled off in the octagon. After explaining how he used Borg’s trick, he paused for effect.

“Yeah,” he exhaled in a mock tough-guy voice. “(Expletive) yeah.”

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Twitter reacts to Demetrious Johnson's insane submission, record-setting title defense at UFC 216

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Demetrious Johnson’s long journey toward UFC championship history reached hit a conclusion on Saturday when “Mighty Mouse” earned his 11th consecutive title defense in the UFC 216 co-headliner.

Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) unprecedented run of success inside the octagon claimed another victim when he defeated challenger Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) by incredible fifth-round submission in the pay-per-view co-main event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Prelims aired on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Johnson’s historic victory over Borg at UFC 216.

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UFC 216 results: Insane Demetrious Johnson armbar forces Ray Borg tap in fifth round

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In what may go down as the slickest finish in his record-breaking championship reign, Demetrious Johnson tapped Ray Borg with a fifth-round armbar.

Just when it appeared Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) was going to cruise to an easy decision win over Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC), “Mighty Mouse” threw Borg in the air, grabbed his left arm in one fluid motion and got a tapout from an armbar at the 3:15 mark of the fifth round.

With the win, Johnson broke Anderson Silva’s record for most consecutive UFC title defenses with 11.

The flyweight title bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC 216 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

Johnson went to the outside and worked inside leg kicks. Then he went with a high left kick that forced Borg to block it. Moments later, Johnson kicked to the body. And when he went back to the body a second time, Borg tried to catch the kick, but found himself on the ground with Johnson holding on. After Borg got back to his feet, Johnson again kicked to the body. Borg held on to a single leg, but Johnson was in no danger. He grappled around and took Borg’s back and landed quick punches to the face. Borg rolled over and Johnson took over in half-guard. He worked short elbows and tried to set up an arm-triangle choke. He let Borg flirt with a guillotine, but Johnson passed to side control in a dominant first round.

Borg and Johnson tied up early in the second round, and Borg threatened with a standing guillotine choke. It wasn’t there, but Borg managed to get a takedown 90 seconds into the round. When Borg took his back and looked like he might get a rear-naked choke, Johnson expertly dumped Borg from his back, and the champ went to work on top. Johnson hammered with punches on top before Borg got back to his feet. With 70 seconds left, Johnson got a takedown and went right into side control.

Johnson again found himself working on top in the third. From side control, he punished Borg’s face. Midway through the fight, the UFC’s stats showed Johnson was ahead in the striking game a whopping 97-4. With 80 seconds left, Johnson got to full mount. Then he took Borg’s back and worked on the rear-naked choke. Borg got back to his feet late in the round, but continued to prove to be little threat to the champ.

Borg came out in a hurry in the fourth and scooped Johnson up for a takedown. But Johnson easily got up, then got on top and started working ground-and-pound with elbows to Borg’s head. When Borg got up, Johnson threw a jumping knee to the body. With 100 seconds left, Johnson threw Borg down to the canvas, and his head thudded off the mat.

Another Johnson takedown came quickly in the fifth. Borg still tried to fire some offense off when he got back to his feet, but it was right back down to the mat. And with three minutes left, Johnson jumped to full mount. He took Borg’s back, but had to deal with a scrambling opponent. But Johnson stayed right on him.

But just when it appeared Johnson was going to cruise to a decision, he did what we’ve started to expect from him. He picked Borg up for a slam, threw him in the air, and took him right into an armbar. He torqued, then re-gripped and forced Borg to tap.

Johnson won for the 13th straight time and won his 12th straight title fight. His 11th straight defense of the flyweight belt set a new UFC record for consecutive title defenses. Borg had his two-fight winning streak snapped and lost for the first time in 18 months.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 216 results include:

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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Simon Samano contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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UFC 216 salaries: Tony Ferguson can net $500k with interim title win

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LAS VEGAS – Not only can Tony Ferguson or Kevin Lee walk away from UFC 216 with an interim championship belt, but they have an opportunity to add a solid amount to their worth.

Ferguson (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC) and Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC), who meet in tonight’s pay-per-view headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass, will each receive a show purse of $250,000. Ferguson can double that amount with a win, while Lee can get another $50,000.

MMAjunkie tonight obtained the UFC 216 salaries from a Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) official during the event.

The largest base pay on the card goes to UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC). “Mighty Mouse” will receive $370,000 win or lose, but reportedly also has the opportunity for pay-per-view points for the first time in his career. Challenger Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has a flat payment of $100,000.

Other notable payouts on the UFC 216 main card go to former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC), who has a contracted show purse of $275,000 with another $125,000 up for grabs with a win. Walt Harris (10-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC), who was moved up the card as Werdum’s opponent when Derrick Lewis withdrew from the event just hours prior to its start, will make $28,000 to show with another $28,000 possible with a win.

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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