T.J. Dillashaw Hints at Moving Up to Challenge Max Holloway and Become a Three-Division Champ

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On Saturday, T.J.
Dillashaw
will attempt to become only the fourth fighter in
Ultimate Fighting Championship history to
simultaneously hold belts in two weight divisions, and he’s hinting
that he already has his mind on bigger things — literally.

Bantamweight champion Dillashaw, who is going down in weight to
face flyweight champ Henry
Cejudo
at UFC on ESPN+ 1, recently revealed he would be open to
a fight against Max
Holloway
at featherweight. Hypothetically, if Dillashaw were to
beat Holloway and claim the featherweight belt he would become the
first a triple-division belt holder in the history of the
promotion.

In a recent Instagram live video, Dillashaw said he was confident
of beating Cejudo next Saturday before teasing another super fight
at 145 pounds against Holloway (transcription via MMA Junkie):

“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.”

Duane
Ludwig
, Dillashaw’s head coach, told MMA Junkie that he sees
more danger moving up in weight than down, as his fighter may
become slower when trying to put more muscle on to compete with
larger opponents.

“I think that would be more of a challenge to go up in weight than
it has been to go down in weight,” Ludwig said. “T.J. 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,” Ludwig added. “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.” UFC on ESPN+ 1, also known as UFC Fight Night 143, is
headlined by a flyweight title fight between flyweight champ Henry
Cejudo and T.J. Dillashaw on Jan. 19, 2019 at the Barclays Center
in Brooklyn, New York. Co-headlining the inaugural ESPN+ event will
be a heavyweight slugfest between Greg Hardy
and Allen
Crowder
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