Current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw will attempt to become the next “champ-champ” by taking out Flyweight kingpin Henry Cejudo this Saturday night (Jan. 19, 2019) at UFC on ESPN+ 1 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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Of course, “Viper” first has to make championship weight, which seems to be a tough task thus far based on this photographic evidence. Still, as we’ve seen in the past, drastic weight cuts lead to near-catastrophic events come weigh-in day, and should Dillashaw tip heavy, his hopes of becoming double champion will be dashed.
Cejudo’s trainer, Eric Albarracin, says there should be some sort of compensation set for Henry should that be the case, insisting TJ should put his 135-pound strap on the line if he can’t hit his mark.
“We’re fighting regardless,” said Eric on a recent edition of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “I tell you what, if TJ don’t make weight, he better put his belt on the line. If TJ wants to come down and take Henry’s gold medal off his neck, if he don’t make weight, he better put his belt on the line. Last time I saw, Bantamweight is 126 to 135. So if he is 126, put your belt on the line.”
That’s not a bad idea, though I’m sure Dana White, as well as the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC), may have something to say about that. Nevertheless, TJ’s camp is adamant everything is on track to make weight and go off without a hitch.
Worst case scenario, if anything happens to either Dillashaw or Cejudo, Joseph Benavidez — who will face Dustin Ortiz at the same event — will be on standby to fill the void in the headlining title fight.
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