On January 19, in the main event of the UFC’s first card on ESPN+, UFC bantamweight king TJ Dillashaw will drop down to the flyweight division to battle divisional champ Henry Cejudo for his belt.
First, however, TJ Dillashaw will have to successfully cut down to the flyweight limit of 125 pounds. Henry Cejudo’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has doubts that that will happen.
He expects Dillashaw to miss his mark, in which case Cejudo will apparently not accept the fight. Instead, Abdelaziz says, Cejudo will give a short-notice title shot to long-time flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez, who has been pegged as an alternate for the fight.
“I don’t think TJ’s going to make weight and if he misses weight by .1 pounds, Joseph Benavidez is going to fight, we’re going to give Joseph a shot,” Abdelaziz said in a recent interview with MMA Fighting. “Because I personally don’t think he’ll make it. If he makes it, he’s going to be weak, fragile, and he’s going to have a long, long night with the champ. He’s a good fighter, but he can’t fight at the pace Henry’s going to fight him at 125. He doesn’t have the speed to fight Henry.”
Replying to a fan on Instagram recently, TJ Dillashaw responded to these doubts from Ali Abdelaziz. Apparently, he’s currently closer to the 125-pound flyweight limit than he normally would be to the 135-pound bantamweight limit at this phase of his fight camp.
“I’m closer to 25’s right now than I would be to 35’s this many days out,” Dillashaw wrote (h/t Reddit user Mmastradamus).
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 1/6/2019.