Current UFC Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw who will move down in weight class to challenge UFC Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo were scheduled to fight at UFC 233 at the Honda Center in Anaheim on January 26. But now they both have been removed from UFC 233 and will instead headline UFC’s debut on ESPN+.
Cejudo beat former UFC pound-for-pound flyweight champion Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson at UFC 227 which took place in Los Angeles, California. On the same card in the main event, TJ Dillashaw successfully defended his bantamweight title in a rematch against Cody Garbrandt by knocking him out in the very first round. He won the title back in 2017 when he knocked out Cody in the second round at UFC 217.
However, it looks like Dillashaw’s camp is already making plans for the future and are talking about a possible future fight with Max Holloway.
“Everyone wants me to go to featherweight and fight Max,” Dillashaw said during a recent Instagram live video. “I would love to. But look, one step at a time. Let’s run through Cejudo first then Max can be next. [I can] be the first one to ever go for three belts.”
But he definitely wants to fight at featherweight in near future.
“Would I move up to 145? Absolutely,” he said. “I would love to. I’m a professional. I train hard. Making (125) has been a process in its own. … To get my body down there and do it the right way. (145) would have to be the same thing, it would be a lot of work.”
Dillashaw’s coach Duane Ludwig said it is very possible that they will fight featherweight champion, Max Holloway, although admitted that it won’t be easy.
“I think that would be more of a challenge to go up in weight than it has been to go down in weight,” Ludwig told MMAjunkie. “T.J. is not a big bantamweight anyway. Going up in weight, that’s when we’ll see more change.
“I assume he would become possibly a little slower but have more power. But we’ll see what ends up happening if that’s the journey for us. Right now we’re focused on the task at hand.”