TJ Dillashaw vs Henry Cejudo Title Fight Official
By Dan McConnell
The fight we have all been waiting for has been officially confirmed. Well, we hoped for a Mighty Mouse vs TJ Dillashaw mega super-fight but this matchup will do.
The fight between newly crowned flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo (13-2) and bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw has been officially confirmed by the UFC today.
The matchup is set to take place as the main event for UFC 233 in California on January 26th and looks set to be an excellent main event to kick us off in the new year of mixed martial arts.
Stylistically Cejudo has proved his wrestling credentials in the Olympics winning gold and also on the UFC’s big stage defeating former undisputed flyweight Champion Demetrius ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson via unanimous decision at UFC 227. Dillashaw is just off the back of defending his title a second time against former team-mate turned fierce rival Cody Garbrandt also at UFC 227 which was the main event. This almost booked the super-fight to happen on the night.
For me Dillashaw is one of the most exciting, entertaining and high level strikers in the game right now. While Cejudo will look to use his jab to secure takedowns and grind out the victory. It is a match-up of polar opposite skills and that’s what makes it so intriguing. Cejudo will likely move up to the 135 pound division after this bout which is his natural weight class anyway.
This super-fight could be the last fight within the UFC’s flyweight division which is set for closure with Mighty Mouse being traded to ONE Championship and various UFC flyweights like Jose ‘Shorty’ Torres and Jarred Brooks being released earlier this month.
Ben Askren the man who was traded for Mighty Mouse will also make his debut on this card.
Other announced bouts:
Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler
Paul Felder vs. James Vick
Yana Kunitskaya vs. Marion Reneau
Islam Makhachev vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Joanne Calderwood vs. Ariane Lipski