Henry Cejudo May Have Just Saved the UFC’s Flyweight Division

On Saturday night, UFC’s 135 lb bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw dropped down a weight class to challenge 125 lb flyweight champion Henry Cejudo for his belt. UFC president Dana White’s plan was for Dillashaw to finish Cejudo so he could wipe out the flyweight division. White’s plan had already been set in motion when he traded previous flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson to rival promotion ONE FC for Ben Askren. Johnson was fresh off his first flyweight decision loss to Cejudo and had been UFC’s longest reigning flyweight champion for 6 years.

Dana White’s plan did not come to fruition. It took just 32 seconds for Henry Cejudo to knockout TJ Dillashaw. 32 seconds to knockout a man best known for his speed, accuracy and defense.

Fortunately, Dillashaw took his loss with grace and class. In his post-fight interview, Dillashaw congratulated Cejudo and exclaimed, “You didn’t beat me.”

Similarly, Dana White whined that it was a “bad stoppage.” This coming from a man who last year said Mario Yamasaki made him sick for letting a fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Priscila Cachoeira continue for what he felt was too long.

“Most of you guys stay in there, and she did fight like a warrior. For that idiot to say he gave her the opportunity to be a warrior – no. No, you moron. You’re in there to protect her from herself.

“He makes me sick. That guy has no business reffing fights. And I promise you, you’re never going to see him again.”

Though in Dana’s defense, in this case, he wasn’t trying to kill off an entire division.

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5 years ago

Henry kicked TJ’s cocky smirking ass fast . Made TJ look weak and bad.Great win loved it . Dana’s plans fall thru alot lately . Ones he wants to win lose . Dana’s about the cash like a smart business man should be . Now Henry can go beat TJ’s ass at 135 and take that belt . believe he can do it. powerhouse in a small body, gold medal winner and ass kicker .If hit in the jaw TJ goes down , has a bit of a glass jaw .not so great after all like he thought .125 pounds… Read more »