Days away from his upcoming bout against Henry Cejudo at UFC Brooklyn for the Flyweight title, TJ Dillashaw and his coach have indicated their aspirations to move up to Featherweight next in hopes of becoming the first ever 3 weight champion in UFC history. Assuming all goes well with Dillashaw’s first ever cut to 125lb of course. The revelation came during a recent Instagram live video in which Dillashaw said “Everyone wants me to go to featherweight and fight Max … 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.”
Lofty aspirations for the 2 time Bantamweight champion coming off back to back KO victories over rival Cody Garbrandt, the most recent of which taking place last August at UFC227. A victory over Cejudo will make him the 4th simultaneous dual champ since 2016 when Conor Mcgregor knocked out Eddie Alvarez for the Lightweight belt.
The recent trend among UFC champions to claim ‘champ champ’ status has escalated quickly in the past few years however TJ will be the first champion to drop down a weightclass instead of going up. In the 3 prior champion vs champion bouts the lower weight class fighter has always been victorious. Many online spectators have raised questions about how Dillashaw will perform with the extra 10lb weight cut or whether he’ll even make it to the scale at all. With all these lingering questions waiting to be answered we can add one more to the list. When will TJ return to bantamweight to defend his belt and face upcoming challengers such as Marlon Moraes and Raphael Assuncao?