Yesterday, UFC bantamweight champion, T.J. Dillashaw and newly crowned flyweight champion, Henry Cejudo had a brief exchange of words on Extra TV. In the 1 minute segment, Dillashaw doesn’t waste time on informing the presenter, Mario Lopez what his intentions would be should they go head to head: “I will knock him out”.
This has come after rumblings of a “Superfight” between the two in the recent week since UFC 227, where both gentlemen came away with gold in the main and co-main events.
Post-fight at UFC 227, Cejudo said himself that he has no problem moving up 10 lbs to Dillashaw’s bantamweight world to take this matchup, however, Dillashaw in the clip, mentions he doesn’t mind going down to 125 lbs to fight Cejudo for his belt.
This is not the first time T.J. has proposed a drop in weight for a potential champion vs. champion matchup – last year he was rallying for another “Superfight” with the then flyweight kingpin, Johnson. Only this time, it seems this one has some momentum. A little over a week has passed and already there are talks of a cross-division contest.
While many fans would argue that Cejudo doesn’t yet deserve a shot at the 135lb title as his UFC 227 title win was so closely contested with Demetrious Johnson, the UFC has demonstrated on multiple occasions that this kind of thinking makes little difference to their matchmaking process. It is common knowledge nowadays that if the UFC brass believes they will make more money from matching up the two champions rather than have them face their respective number one contenders, that is what they will do.
In the “Money Fight era”, anything is possible.