Dana White Talks Cejudo vs. Dillashaw Moving To UFC on ESPN+ 1

Recently, UFC President Dana White was asked about having Henry Cejudo vs. TJ Dillashaw moved to the UFC on ESPN+ 1 card. Cejudo will be making his first career flyweight title defense against the bantamweight champion. Initially, the fight was schedul…

Recently, UFC President Dana White was asked about having Henry Cejudo vs. TJ Dillashaw moved to the UFC on ESPN+ 1 card. Cejudo will be making his first career flyweight title defense against the bantamweight champion. Initially, the fight was scheduled to go down on UFC 233. However, the UFC wanted to make a good […]

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Dana White Addresses Moving Cejudo vs. Dillashaw To UFC On ESPN + 1

Dana White addresses the decision to move the big fight between Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw with the UFC flyweight title up for grabs. This fight was originally slated for the UFC 233 PPV event on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. However, that had to be moved up about a […]

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Dana White addresses the decision to move the big fight between Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw with the UFC flyweight title up for grabs. This fight was originally slated for the UFC 233 PPV event on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

However, that had to be moved up about a week as the UFC needed a big main event for their first show as part of their new TV deal with ESPN. Dillashaw will move down 10 pounds to challenge for Cejudo’s 125-pound belt.

Dana White Addresses Decision

The UFC President recently addressed this decision during an interview with MMAJunkie where he noted that this isn’t the first time they made this call. Back in 2011, the UFC was in a similar situation with promotion’s network television debut on FOX.

They decided to book a heavyweight title fight between then-champion Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos. This fight served as the headliner for UFC on FOX 1 while it could’ve easily been on PPV. It was a smart call by White as it was a qualified ratings success with 5.7 million viewers.

“We did it last time when we launched, too,” White on Thursday told MMAjunkie.

White also made it known that he’s not worried about Dillashaw trying to cut weight despite the fight taking place a week earlier.

“I don’t worry about a lot of that stuff,” he said. “These guys are professionals. Dillashaw has been around for a long time and knows what he’s doing.”

UFC On ESPN + 1 (also known as UFC Fight Night 143) is set to take place on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The main card will air on ESPN + 10 p.m. ET.

The preliminary card will be split broadcasted on ESPN 8 p.m. ET and the TV network’s streaming service, ESPN + Fight Pass. The promotion will be announcing more bouts for this show in the coming weeks.

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Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw Moved To UFC Brooklyn

Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw won’t be taking place at UFC 233 after all. Cejudo was initially scheduled to defend his UFC flyweight championship against Dillashaw on Jan. 26. The champion vs. champion bout would’ve either been the main e…

Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw won’t be taking place at UFC 233 after all. Cejudo was initially scheduled to defend his UFC flyweight championship against Dillashaw on Jan. 26. The champion vs. champion bout would’ve either been the main event or co-headliner of UFC 233 inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The bout has […]

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Joseph Benavidez Eyes Winner of Dillashaw/Cejudo Bout

Joseph Benavidez will be fighting Alex Perez in 24 hours in the TUF 28 Finale from the Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. But Joseph Benavidez has made it clear that in the midst of all the rumors of the imminent demise of the f…

Joseph Benavidez will be fighting Alex Perez in 24 hours in the TUF 28 Finale from the Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. But Joseph Benavidez has made it clear that in the midst of all the rumors of the imminent demise of the flyweight division, he is still planning for […]

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TJ Dillashaw Believes Flyweight Title Will Be ‘Stepping Stone’ For His Legacy

UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw believes that a flyweight title win will be a ‘stepping stone’ for the legacy of his MMA career.

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UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw will attempt to become the third-ever dual-weight champion in UFC history.

He’ll drop down to 125 pounds to challenge Henry Cejudo for the UFC flyweight title. The two champions will meet at UFC 233 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on January 26th. Dillashaw told Lance Pugmire of the L.A. Times recently that he believes a potential flyweight title win will only be a “stepping stone” for his legacy in mixed martial arts (MMA):

“I would say it’s going to be some work, but I’m excited about the work and I feel I’ll be in even better shape. It’s going to favor me. I’m going to continue to grow my legacy and this is just a stepping stone along the way. I believe I’m the greatest fighter on this planet right now and I’m going to continue to show it.”

Earlier this month Dillashaw claimed that the UFC is paying him very nicely to drop down to 125 pounds and “kill” the flyweight division. In regards to the division, many believe this could be the last-ever flyweight title fight in UFC history. Several top UFC flyweights have been released from their contracts and were informed the division will be closed down.

This entire ordeal sparked after Demetrious Johnson was traded from the promotion to ONE Championship. In return, the UFC received longtime welterweight great Ben Askren.

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Dana White: Nobody Cared About The Flyweight Division

UFC President Dana White believes that nobody cared about the promotion’s flyweight division, amidst rumors that the weight class is shutting down.

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The news hasn’t been made official as of this writing, but the belief is that the UFC’s flyweight division is coming to an end.

For the past several weeks rumors have been circulating around indicating the 125-pound division will close down. This came just after longtime UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson was traded to ONE Championship. Now, current division champion, Henry Cejudo, will defend his title against bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw at UFC 233.

Several top flyweights have been released from their UFC deals, and their managers have reportedly been told that the promotion plans on closing down the division. Recently, UFC President Dana White spoke on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast to address the matter. White noted that the division never really took off. He also mentioned that nobody actually seemed to care about it either (via MMA News):

“The flyweight division just never took off,” White said. “It never caught on even with a dominant champion like Demetrious [Johnson], it just never caught on. People didn’t care.

“I battled for a long time, I tried to keep it alive and obviously it’s still going on now. We still have fights going on in that division. We’ll see what the future holds for it.”

Cejudo will defend the flyweight title against Dillashaw in the main event of UFC 233 on pay-per-view (PPV). The show goes down on January 26th from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. It could perhaps be the last UFC flyweight title fight in history.

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