Cejudo-Dillashaw set for Anaheim for UFC Flyweight title

November 10, 2018

Henry Cejudo will meet T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 233 in January at The Honda Center in Anaheim, California for the UFC Flyweight Title per ESPN.  Dillashaw, the bantamweight champion, is dropping down in weight to face Cejudo.

The fight surprised some considering that many UFC flyweights were let go by the promotion with the news that it was shuttering the division.  Demetrious Johnson, the former UFC flyweight champion, was “traded” to ONE Championship for Ben Askren.  Cejudo defeated Johnson for the title in Los Angeles this past August.

The flyweight division has been criticized for its lack of delivering ratings despite the high volume of action its fighters provide.

Dillashaw will seek to be the sixth “champ champ.”

Payout Perspective:

It appears that this fight will be the swan song for the division with the winner retiring the belt and division.  Unless the 125 division continues in the UFC, I’m not sure why this fight shouldn’t happen at 135 pound for Dillashaw’s belt.  It’s unfortunate that a lot of fighters will be out of the promotion, but perhaps another promotion such as ONE can pick them up.

 

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