The UFC is heading to Brooklyn for its first card 2019 and its very first card ESPN after 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 favorite with Cejudo coming back in +180.
T.J. Dillashaw is averaging 5.38 significant strikes per minute.
Henry Cejudo won gold at the 2008 Olympic Games.
Five of T.J. Dillashaw’s last seven wins have come through knockout.
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That is Cejudo’s second straight fight as an underdog after he shut as a large +350 puppy contrary to Demetrious”Mighty Mouse” Johnson, arguably the pound-for-pound greatest in the moment. The former Olympian outwrestled DJ en route to some split-decision success to become the second-ever flyweight champion.
But it seems sensible for Dillashaw to be preferred because he is the bigger man falling down in weight. Here is the fifth time that the UFC has had two sitting winners endure toe-to-toe along with the fighter that has made the burden class move is 3-1 in the past four fights, with B.J. Penn’s loss to GSP in 2009 being the only defeat. That being said, Dillashaw is the first to fall down in weight to challenge for another belt, as B.J. Penn, Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes all moved up in weight since they appeared to secure two straps at the same moment.
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