TJ Dillashaw and Henry Cejudo squared off for the flyweight title tonight (Saturday, January 19th, 2019) inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., live on ESPN+ (free trial here). At stake was potentially the future of the flyweight division itself.
Both men came out fast, with Dillashaw opening with leg kicks. Cejudo caught him and dropped him! Cejudo swarmed, Dillashaw tried to recover but couldn’t get his bearings and Cejudo dropped him again. Cejudo kept up his assault until the referee stepped in! Dillashaw was not happy with the stoppage, but he was clearly very hurt and taking damage. The stoppage might have been a little bit early, but better early than late, and that was also a great victory for Cejudo.
Afterwards, Cejudo said “I busted my butt my whole life to be the best... its surreal, it really is.” He said he knew Dillashaw was hurt after he landed the kick on Dillashaw’s guard. He said the victory is much bigger than him, it was about all the flyweights, but then said he planned on going up to bantamweight to challenge TJ for the bantamweight belt. He also said he would need a sitdown meeting with Dana White to discuss getting paid.
Dillashaw, interviewed in the cage, said it sucks to have something taken from you. He maintained that he never stopped moving or wrestling, and characterized the stoppage as ‘unfortunate’. It will be interesting to see an eventual rematch at bantamweight.
Official result: Henry Cejudo def. TJ Dillashaw via TKO at :32 of Round 1
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