T.J. Dillashaw-Henry Cejudo To Take Place At 125 Pounds

The UFC 233 bout between flyweight champion Henry
Cejudo
and bantamweight champ T.J.
Dillashaw
will be taking place at 125 pounds, opening the
possibility of Dillashaw becoming the sixth male two-division champ
in Ultimate Fighting Championship history. ESPN’s
Brett Okamoto was the first to report the surprising development,
late Thursday night.

With the departure of longtime flyweight champion Demetrious
Johnson
to One Championship, the dismantling of the UFC’s
flyweight division appears to be in full swing, with numerous
125-pounders announcing either their release from the promotion, or
their impending move to the bantamweight division. That being the
case, Dillashaw’s bid to become only the third champion in the
brief history of the UFC 125-pound division appears to be a shot at
the record books rather than any attempt to reign over two weight
classes simultaneously.

Meanwhile, the position of Cejudo, who dethroned Johnson at UFC 227
in August, remains largely unchanged. “The Messenger,” who has had
a history of difficulty making the 125-pound flyweight limit,
immediately called out the winner of the bantamweight title fight
between Dillashaw and Cody
Garbrandt
, who headlined that same card. Dillashaw agreed
verbally to the matchup later that evening after defeating
Garbrandt. It is unclear at this point whether Dillashaw’s
bantamweight belt would be on the line at UFC 233.

UFC 233 takes place Jan. 19 at the Honda Center in Anaheim,
California. In addition to the Dillashaw-Cejudo fight, it features
another bout with major implications for the bantamweight title
picture, as former champion Dominick
Cruz
is scheduled to take on Brazilian slugger John
Lineker
, who has bounced back and forth between flyweight and
bantamweight during his UFC career.



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