Last weekend, in the co-main event of UFC 227, Henry Cejudo accomplished something that was looking increasingly undoable: he dethroned dominating UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.
Amazingly, however, this might not even be the biggest accomplishment of Cejudo’s career, as he previously won a gold medal in the Olympics as a freestyle wrestler. And if he gets his way, it won’t be the last massive accomplishment of his career, as he hopes to move up to bantamweight to battle divisional champ TJ Dillashaw for his title.
Speaking in the fallout of UFC 227, Cejudo opened up on his dreams of becoming a “triple champ”: An Olympic champion, a UFC flyweight champion, and a bantamweight champion.
“If you guys watch my fight look at how muscular, how much bigger I am than Demetrious Johnson,” Cejudo said at the UFC 227 post-fight press conference (via MMAMania). “I’m a tank, man. I can easily fill out at 135 pounds and feel good.
“The other reason, too, they’ve always talked about TJ and DJ superfight. They neglected Henry Cejudo in the promos. They neglected Henry Cejudo in practically everything. And I get it because America is all about winners. Now that I’m a winner, I’m asking. I’m an Olympic champ. I’m a UFC champ. And now I’m asking to be a triple champ.”
Unfortunately for Henry Cejudo, Dillashaw doesn’t seem to be interested in this fight just yet.
“I don’t really think the guy would deserve it,” Dillashaw said of Cejudo’s call for a bantamweight title super fight at the UFC 227 post-fight press conference.
“I mean, Joseph Benavidez just beat him,” Dillashaw said. “Yeah, [Benavidez] lost a split decision to [Sergio] Pettis, but I didn’t agree with that loss. So I think there’s a lot of stuff there, and he’s possibly got a trilogy with [Demetrious Johnson]. I’m open to whatever, though. I’m not stepping away from a challenge, that’s for sure.”
Does a fight between TJ Dillashaw and Henry Cejudo interest you? Who do you think would win?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/6/2018.