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RECAP! Cejudo Decks Dillashaw In 32 Seconds!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) talents TJ Dillashaw and Henry Cejudo battled for the Flyweight crown last night (Sat., Jan. 19, 2019) at UFC Fight Night 143 inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The UFC’s new, earnest desire for super fights and double champs started 2019 off with an admittedly excellent match up. In one corner, collegiate wrestler and kickboxing specialist Dillashaw, an incredibly exciting fighter to watch who only recently retook control of his division. Opposite him was “The Messenger,” the most decorated wrestler in the sport, a man who captured the belt in 2017 by upsetting the sport’s most dominant champion. Furthermore, the result of this fight had a direct influence on the Flyweight division’s future.

There was a lot on the line in Brooklyn.

Miraculously, Cejudo lived up to the pressure put on him. The Olympian walked straight to his larger opponent, immediately belting him in the belly with a hard kick. From his Karate stance, Cejudo advanced, while Dillashaw switched his footing around and looked to throw in combination. Instead, Cejudo’s right hand slipped in behind the ear, causing Dillashaw to lose his balance and fall back.

Cejudo swarmed with some seriously accurate ground strikes, continuing to whack Dillashaw’s jaw as he hung onto a takedown attempt. Dillashaw returned to his feet briefly, only to be put back down by more punches. There would be no second return to his feet for the Bantamweight champion, as the referee stopped the bout when Cejudo began to land ground strikes a second time.

The whole thing barely lasted 30 seconds.

This was equal parts disaster for Dillashaw, incredible for the champion. It’s a remarkably bad look for Dillashaw. This is a man who repeatedly talked about how he would walk through Cejudo, how it wasn’t a challenge for him, and how he would fight Max Holloway for the Featherweight crown next. That’s a lot of talk to get put down twice in the first 30 seconds.

Even aside from all that, it’s a miserable result for Dillashaw. Ignore all the interview quotes about the science and how easy it was to make 125 lbs. — that was a brutal, 12 week weight cut that Dillashaw will remember as a bad period of life for a long time to come. Dillashaw was forced to work extremely hard and remain almost inhumanly dedicated to make the weight; the payoff was a knockout loss.

It’s a momentous win for the Flyweight champion, who really helped guarantee his division’s immediate future. Aside from that, beating Demetrious Johnson and TJ Dillashaw back-to-back? History won’t remember the arguments of “it was a bad decision!” or “Early stoppage!” Instead, it will see Cejudo taking victories over the two best of the absolute best lighter weight fighters of his era.

It’s time for a title rematch with Joseph Benavidez.

At UFC on ESPN+ 1, Henry Cejudo flattened his challenger in short fashion. What’s next for the Olympian?

For complete UFC Fight Night 143 “Dillasahw vs. Cejudo” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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UFC Fight Night Brooklyn Results: Henry Cejudo Wrecks TJ Dillashaw in Less Than a Minute

It was the latest installment of the “champ versus champ” series, with flyweight king Henry Cejudo taking on bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw. But there was a lot more at stake than just a belt. You see, the UFC is on the cusp of getting rid of the flyweight division, and the 125-pound champ losing would be the perfect opportunity to kill it.

So of course the Olympic wrestler rose to the occasion.

It took a little more than half a minute for Cejudo to overwhelm Dillashaw with strikes. From a kick to the head to a storm of punches, Cejudo had Dillashaw stumbling, dropping, rising up and dropping again. The ref saw enough at the 32-second mark.

Is the division saved? Maybe. Hopefully. After beating the champ in the weight class above, the flyweight champ certainly deserves to keep his kingdom.

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Midnight Mania! Joe Benavidez: Dillashaw ‘Never a Good Friend’

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“You consider TJ Dillashaw a friend? He’s a friend of yours, right?”

Joseph Benavidez took a long time to answer the question, his jaw working.

Ehh… I mean… we were really good friends and really close. Things are… a little compromised right now, and, its easy to say you’re a friend and this guys a friend and this guys a friend of mine. But its more like, to act like a friend, you know what I mean? Kinda like actions and words and stuff like that, so, um, I wouldn’t say he acts like the best friend, but, I mean, we have a history, so we go back, and there is friends where you go… you get annoyed or whatever by each other for awhile, so.

I guess he was never a good friend. We were teammates and gone through a ton together, so I guess that brings you close.

He went on to explain how TJ bragging he was being paid a f*ck-ton of money to kill the UFC’s flyweight division, rubbed him the wrong way, as he himself is one of those flyweights. Joe B had no problem with TJ dropping to flyweight to pursue a second belt; rather, the ‘annoyed’ feeling comes from the way TJ seems pleased to take away livelihoods of people who aren’t even in his way.

Dillashaw does have a long history with both Benavidez and fracturing relationships with teammates. His acrimonious split with Team Alpha Male was famously foretold by Conor McGregor, who told Team Alpha Male founder Urijah Faber that Dillashaw was a ‘snake in the grass’, a man with no loyalty, only out for himself. Training room stories circulated amidst the split that painted TJ as a bully in the gym. After getting snake emojis on every social media post for years, Dillashaw embraced the moniker, styling himself the Viper. He knocked out Team Alpha Male’s champion, an angry Cody Garbrandt, to win back the belt, and then repeated the feat in his last bout.

His pursuit of the best route for himself and his career wasn’t something that seemed to bother TAM’s Benavidez, at least not publicly. Long after the split, Benavidez was still traveling to train with Dillashaw and his striking coach Duane “Bang” Ludwig. As he said, they have a long history.

Now, though, things are different. Cejudo, who once faced Joe in the cage, said Benavidez approached him and shook his hand, telling him he was rooting for him. Cejudo sees himself as fighting for the flyweight division, though Dana White won’t guarantee its future.

A lot could be riding on the UFC’s first card on ESPN and ESPN+ for the UFC’s lowest weight classes. In addition to Dillashaw, Benavidez faces Dustin Ortiz in a rematch of a 2014 bout. If Dillashaw succeeds in his superfight quest, it will put the division in a very weird position not entirely dissimilar to women’s featherweight, where Nunes seems uninterested in the division or a rematch with Cris Cyborg. Dillashaw’s priority won’t be defending his flyweight belt; he has targeted a featherweight superfight with Max Holloway, and has contenders piling up at bantamweight as well.

Ultimately, the unilateral decision-making power rests with UFC president Dana White. Will he, too, ultimately decide the UFC’s flyweight division was never his friend?


Insomnia

Cejudo’s smashing of the snake was more than a little corny, but at least he and TJ wore ridiculous outfits to make up for it.

Accurate

Alex Hernandez really nailed this look, which seems to go with his personality.

I won’t lie and say Jon Jones’ response to Kevin Lee didn’t make me chuckle.

Amanda Nunes and Megan Anderson got really heated over whether 145 is a real division, and if it isn’t, is Nunes a real champion? The answer, of course, is that no, it isn’t a real division, but Cyborg was a real champion. The world is weird like that. I also refuse to believe Nunes is tweeting out this stuff herself.

TJ Dillashaw hitting pads.

Is Sage Northcutt’s Jeep really at an insane angle, or is the picture tilted?

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Featherweight prospect Mirsad Bektic training with Georges St. Pierre, who will probably stay in this kind of shape into his fifties.

These people should be too ashamed to ever record or post these videos.

Kayla Harrison vs. Cris Cyborg next? I would watch it in a heartbeat.

Brawling with eight limbs

Speaking of Muay Thai, the legend John Wayne Parr had a boxing career too

There have been a lot of fights announced in the past week, and in terms of quiet quality, Leon Edwards vs. Gunnar Nelson is right up there with the best of them.

Mike Tyson is embracing the memes but not willingly

There is something oddly compelling about watching two men with a lot of extra mass throw bombs at each other.


Random Land

This lizard is kinda creepy but also very cute

Sandstorm

Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Cejudo Willingly Sacrificed Money To Fight Dillashaw

Henry Cejudo’s head coach revealed prior to “The Messenger’s” title fight against Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227 that the Olympic gold medalist took a pay cut to face “Mighty Mouse.”

Now, Henry says he once again sacrificed some cash to face TJ Dillashaw at the upcoming UFC on ESPN+ 1 event on Saturday night (Jan. 19, 2019) in Brooklyn, N.Y., seeing as how he could’ve earned a bit more if the fight was on pay-per-view (PPV). Cejudo didn’t mind, though, as he says he did it for the sake of the Flyweight division.

Plus headlining the first-ever UFC on ESPN fight card was an added bonus.

“Look at the opportunity they gave me,” Cejudo said during a recent media scrum via MMA Junkie. “It’s a Cinderella story. I beat this guy, resurrect the flyweight division, and that’s all there is to it. I’m willing to sacrifice some of my money for the sake of others. After this fight, let it be known I’m a prizefighter. So Uncle Dana and everybody is going to have to cough up, because I ain’t fighting for free,” he added.

“I’m not here just for a victory for myself and to add to my legacy, but also to all the 125 pounders who are someday looking to become a world champ in the UFC,” Cejudo said. “This is much bigger than me.”

Should Cejudo retain his flyweight title with a win over TJ, he wants to make sure he can lock down another title fight with “Viper,” this time for his Bantamweight strap. But make no mistake, he wants to get paid next time around.

“Once I beat him, we’ll talk to Uncle Dana. I feel like once I beat T.J. Dillashaw, it’s like the champ can’t defend his title unless he fights the other champ that beat him. That’s going to be a negotiation stop with the UFC. At the end of the day I’m a prizefighter. I’m looking to get paid whether I fight at ’25 or ’35.”

The narrative — one Dana White has sort of been hinting at — is that the 125-pound weight class will stay put should Cejudo win. If TJ wins, then most seem to think that’s all she wrote for flyweights competing inside the Octagon.

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After Cejudo At 125, Dillashaw Wants Holloway At 145

After years of refusing to even consider allowing it, the UFC has gone champion vs. champion crazy. Conor McGregor was first to achieve champ champ status, followed by Daniel Cormier in July and now Amanda Nunes in December. Their 2019 kicks off with yet another scrap between two belt holders: bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw will fight newly crowned flyweight champ Henry Cejudo on January 19th.

But why stop at double champ? Dillashaw and his coach Duane “Bang” Ludwig are already thinking TRIPLE CHAMP.

TJ let his interest in fighting featherweight champ Max Holloway be known in an Instagram livestream.

“Everyone wants me to go to featherweight and fight Max,” Dillashaw said. “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.”

MMA Junkie reached out to “Bang” Ludwig for his thoughts on the possibility.

”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 MMA Junkie. “TJ 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.”

That task involves getting the 135 pound Dillashaw down to 125 pounds, a process that has some fans worried as we watch TJ waste away. Meanwhile, his opponent Cejudo only seems to be packing on more muscle, making us wonder whether “Bang” recognizes just how much of a challenge this flyweight challenge will be. Whatever happens, Dillashaw is one game mofo. Garbrandt twice, Cejudo, then Holloway? That’s be a run for the ages.

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Three-Division Champ? Dillashaw Open To Max Holloway Superfight

Reigning UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw will try to join Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, and Amanda Nunes as the only fighters in UFC history to simultaneously hold two titles, when he challenges current flyweight champion Henry Cejudo later this month at UFC on ESPN+ 1 in Brooklyn.

While Dillashaw has dominated the competition at 135 pounds, including back-to-back title wins over rival Cody Garbrandt, “The Viper” has never competed at the flyweight level. In order to leave UFC on ESPN+ 1 a two-division champion, Dillashaw must successfully cut weight, adapt to his new environment, and take out the man who just ended Demetrious Johnson’s historic flyweight title reign.

Should Dillashaw accomplish that feat then the sky will truly be the limit. In fact, the UFC bantamweight king is already contemplating a potential move up to featherweight after his journey down to 125 pounds.

“Would I move up to 145 [pounds]? Absolutely, man,” Dillashaw said during a recent Instagram live video. “I would love to. I’m a professional. I train hard. Making ’25s has been a process in its own… To get my body down there and do it the right way. ’45s would have to be the same thing, it would be a lot of work.

“Right now I’m in love with food because I don’t get to eat as much of it. If I went ’45s I’d hate it because I’d be doing nothing but stuffing my face but that’s definitely something I would love to do.”

Of course, a move up to featherweight for Dillashaw would equate to a potential clash with current champion Max Holloway, who is coming off a brutal TKO win over Brian Ortega and has won his last 13 fights in a row. Dillashaw understands that he’ll have to get past Cejudo first, but the idea of winning a third UFC title is too good to pass up.

“Everyone wants me to go to featherweight and fight Max,” said Dillashaw. “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.”

Dillashaw will try to set his plans in motion when he takes on Cejudo at UFC on ESPN+ 1 on Jan. 19 from inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw Moved from UFC 233 to Headline UFC Debut on ESPN+

The UFC’s debut on ESPN+ finally has a main event, as the flyweight title bout between Henry Cejudo and T.J. Dillashaw has been transported from UFC 233 to headline the Jan. 19 card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw Moved from UFC 233 to Headline UFC Debut on ESPN+

The UFC’s debut on ESPN+ finally has a main event, as the flyweight title bout between Henry Cejudo and T.J. Dillashaw has been transported from UFC 233 to headline the Jan. 19 card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw Moved from UFC 233 to Headline UFC Debut on ESPN+

The UFC’s debut on ESPN+ finally has a main event, as the flyweight title bout between Henry Cejudo and T.J. Dillashaw has been transported from UFC 233 to headline the Jan. 19 card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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Cejudo Vs. Dillashaw Title Fight Official For UFC 233

Signed, sealed and soon-to-be delivered.

An Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight title fight between current division kingpin Henry Cejudo and Bantamweight champ, T.J. Dillashaw, has been made official for the upcoming UFC 233 pay-per-view (PPV) event on January 26, 2018 inside The Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

The fight has been rumored for quite some time, and now that it’s official, even more questions will be raised regarding the future of the 125-pound division under the UFC umbrella. After reports surfaced pointing to the promotion doing away with the weight class altogether following Demetrious Johnson’s move over to ONE FC, Dana White was non-committal on dissolving the division.

Of course, the booking of the fight doesn’t necessarily mean the 125-pound weight class — which has already lost a few fighters — will remain in tact. It could simply be the promotion’s way of sending it off in style with one big “champion vs. champion” showdown.

Plus, it could provide UFC’s next “champ-champ” should Dillashaw prove victorious.

T.J. has been clamoring for a chance to compete for the 125-pound title since defending his 135-pound strap against Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227. Of course, “Viper” had a different opponent in mind at the time. Still, T.J. was very open to fighting Henry, as well, and will now get his chance at history, much to the chagrin of the 135-pound division, I’m sure.

As for Cejudo, the fight will give him the chance to defend his title at least once and perhaps secure himself a guaranteed title shot at 135 pounds should he take out T.J. Either way, fight fans will be in for one hell of a title fight to kick of UFC’s PPV venture in 2019.

Early predictions?

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