Last month UFC delivered an absolutely crazy blockbuster PPV event in Los Angeles headlined by Cody Garbrandt vs TJ Dillashaw with the co-main event as Henry Cejudo vs Demetrius Johnson. The card delivered fully as Dillashaw knocked out Cody in the first round to successfully defend his UFC bantamweight title whereas Henry Cejudo scored an upset victory over Demetrius Johnson to become the new UFC flyweight champion.
Before UFC 227, there were talks about a super fight between TJ Dillashaw and Demetrius Johnson. Now that Johnson was dethroned by Henry Cejudo, it looks like UFC is targetting in making Cejudo vs Dillashaw.
“There’s been nothing serious,” Dillashaw said on the “JRE MMA Show” podcast with UFC commentator Joe Rogan. “There’s been hints, and we did a media tour together, and they put us on camera together and had us talk (expletive) to each other. They didn’t say that. Everything we do is real, but it’s like, ‘Oh, (expletive), this is what you guys want? If you think you can beat me then (expletive) you, man. Let’s do this (expletive).’”
“I don’t want no excuses that I’m the bigger man,” Dillashaw said. “’25, especially with the coach I have now, Sam Calavitta. I was told I was going to fight Demetrious Johnson the summer before I fought Cody (Garbrandt) the first time. Within three weeks time I got down to 140 pounds.”
The idea of becoming the third ‘double’ champion to simultaneously hold a title at two weight division is very compelling to TJ Dillashaw.
“The Henry Cejudo thing also entertains me so much because he’s a (Olympic) gold medalist,” Dillashaw said. “He wants to claim himself so much that he’s the greatest combat sports athlete ever. ‘I’m a UFC champion, I’m a gold medalist.’ I’ll go out there and beat you in wrestling. MMA wrestling is completely different. I’m the better athlete. I can beat him anywhere watching him fight. That’s why I’m very excited about it. It’s the greatest thing for my name right now, and it excites me a lot.”