The UFC flyweight division is supposed to be on its way out, but it seems that won’t be before the long discussed Henry Cejudo vs. TJ Dillashaw superfight goes down. First reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Cejudo vs. Dillashaw is official for the UFC flyweight title. The bout will headline January 26’s UFC 233 from Anaheim, California.
Cejudo has been trying his hardest to get the Dillashaw fight made since the very moment he dethroned long-time champion Demetrious Johnson via split decision. Dillashaw has also been trying to drop to flyweight in order to become a two-weight champ for quite some time. There were talks of him taking on Demetrious Johnson when he was the 125lbs champion but the contest never came together.
Instead, TJ Dillashaw made his first bantamweight title defense (this time round) against former Team Alpha Male team-mate and bitter rival Cody Garbrandt in the headlining bout of UFC 227. It was on the same event that Henry Cejudo took the Flyweight title from Demetrious Johnson. Immediately following the fight in his octagon interview with Joe Rogan, he made his claim for a shot at TJ Dillashaw’s bantamweight strap. However, it seems Dillashaw will be the one who gets the chance hold two belts simultaneously.
UFC 233 will be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on January 26. The main card will be available on pay-per-view, coming after prelims that will most likely be aired on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass.
At this point in time, Daniel Cormier is the champion in both the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions in the UFC. However, at UFC 232 on December 29 in the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Jon Jones will return to take arguable his toughest opponent to date in Alexander Gustafsson. This fight will be for the then vacant 205lbs championship. Up until UFC 226, when Daniel Cormier won the heavyweight title from Stipe Miocic via KO in the first round, Conor McGregor was the only simultaneous two-weight champion in the history of the UFC, holding both the featherweight and lightweight championships at the same time. McGregor had his featherweight title relinquished and given to former champ Jose Aldo after 352 without a title defense. He had his lightweight title given to the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Al Iaquinta at UFC 223 after 513 days without a title defense.
What significance this contest holds the flyweight division is still to be seen. However, manager of Henry Cejudo and controversial character, Ali AbdelAziz, suggested on Twitter, in response to Conor McGregor, that if Cejudo defeats TJ Dillashaw and defends his title, he could have more defenses at 125 in the future.
The UFC 233 card currently is as follows:
- Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw – flyweight title fight
- Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler
- Islam Makhachev vs. Francisco Trinaldo
- Paul Felder vs. James Vick
- Yana Kunitskaya vs. Marion Reneau
- Joanne Calderwood vs. Ariane Lipski