On January 26, at UFC 233, UFC bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw will move down to flyweight to take on divisional champ Henry Cejudo. If Dillashaw wins this fight, he will become one of just a few fighters to hold titles in two UFC weight classes concurrently. It could also spell the end of the flyweight division.
Yet Cejudo isn’t sure that’s the way things will go down. He knows the cut down to 125 pounds will be tough on Dillashaw, and also believes he possesses a skillset unlike anyone Dillashaw has fought before.
“The fight is a super fight to a lot of people. I am going to smash this guy. I am going to smash this guy,” said Cejudo on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “Him coming down an additional ten pounds, I gave him that option and he wants to come down. My only thing is, when I beat him, because I know I will beat him, I’ll put my purse on it. My whole thing is when I beat him they are going to hold the whole bantamweight division up again cause he will get his rematch but it will be at 135-pounds.”
A rematch seems almost certain if Cejudo defeats Dillashaw, as Cejudo told Helwani that it is in his contract that he will get the chance to fight for the bantamweight belt if he beats Dillashaw at flyweight. If Cejudo loses, meanwhile, things will not be as straightforward. In fact, he stated that he could very well become a free agent with a loss.
Whatever the case, it is of paramount importance for Henry Cejudo to defeat TJ Dillashaw this January, and he’s determined to do so.
“On January 26, I will cut the head of the snake forever and ever.”
Who do you think wins the upcoming fight between TJ Dillashaw and Henry Cejudo?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/13/2018.