The UFC is going to Brooklyn for its very first card of 2019 and its first card ESPN following a seven-year deal with Fox Sports. The event is headlined by a winner vs winner battle as bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw is dropping down to the flyweight division to take on Henry”The Messenger” Cejudo. Dillashaw is seeking to become the seventh fighter to acquire belts in two different weight classes and is now a -230 favored with Cejudo coming back at +180.
T.J. Dillashaw is averaging 5.38 significant strikes every second.
Gold was won by henry Cejudo at the 2008 Olympic Games. Five of T.J. Dillashaw’s past seven wins have come via knockout.
This can be Cejudo’s second straight fight as an underdog after he closed as a large +350 puppy contrary to Demetrious”Mighty Mouse” Johnson, arguably the pound-for-pound best at the moment. The former Olympian outwrestled en route to a success to become the flyweight champion.
But because he is the man dropping down in 20, it makes sense for Dillashaw to be favored. This is the fifth time that the UFC has two sitting champions stand toe-to-toe and the fighter that has made the burden class move is 3-1 in the previous four fights, with B.J. Penn’s reduction to GSP in 2009 being the only defeat. That being said, Dillashaw is the first to drop down in weight to challenge for another belt, since B.J. Penn, Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes all moved up in weight as they looked to secure two straps at precisely the same time.
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