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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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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Henry Cejudo vs. TJ Dillashaw Set For UFC 233

Henry Cejudo vs. TJ Dillashaw with the UFC flyweight title up for grabs have been announced for the UFC 233 pay-per-view event. The UFC today announced the bout between the current bantamweight champion and flyweight champ for the main event. It’s been well established that Dillashaw will move down 10 pounds to challenge for Cejudo’s […]

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Henry Cejudo vs. TJ Dillashaw with the UFC flyweight title up for grabs have been announced for the UFC 233 pay-per-view event.

The UFC today announced the bout between the current bantamweight champion and flyweight champ for the main event. It’s been well established that Dillashaw will move down 10 pounds to challenge for Cejudo’s 125-pound belt.

Cejudo beat Demetrious Johnson to capture the title by split decision in the co-main event of UFC 227 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Following the fight, Cejudo called for a fight against Dillashaw. It turns out that he also fought on this card when he scored a first round KO victory over Cody Garbrandt in the main event.

UFC 233 pay-per-view event is set to take place on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET. The preliminary card will air on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET and the TV network’s streaming service, ESPN +.

The promotion has yet to confirm what fight will serve as the co-headliner but it will likely be Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler in a welterweight contest. The UFC will be announcing more bouts for this event in the coming weeks. Here’s how the current card looks like:

UFC 233 Card

Henry Cejudo vs. TJ Dillashaw – for flyweight title
Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler
Islam Makhachev vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Paul Felder vs. James Vick
Yana Kunitskaya vs. Marion Reneau
Joanne Calderwood vs. Ariane Lipski

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TJ Dillashaw Claims UFC Paid Him ‘F*** Ton’ Of Money To Kill Flyweight Division

The UFC’s flyweight division is in a very weird spot at the moment. Some 125-pound fighters have already been cut, and a recent ESPN report suggests managers of flyweight fighters have been contacted and alerted that the UFC plans to shut down th…

The UFC’s flyweight division is in a very weird spot at the moment. Some 125-pound fighters have already been cut, and a recent ESPN report suggests managers of flyweight fighters have been contacted and alerted that the UFC plans to shut down the division. However, it was then announced current flyweight champion, Henry Cejudo, now […]

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