Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw, has to crawl back to 135 pounds with his tail between his legs after failing to “kill” the flyweight division last Saturday night (Jan. 19, 2019) inside Barclays Center.
Just don’t expect him to go quietly.
Dillashaw demanded an immediate rematch — at flyweight — after having the Henry Cejudo fight “stolen” by referee Kevin MacDonald. Even promotion president, Dana White, called it a “horrible stoppage” at the post-fight press conference.
“Sucks to have it stolen from you,” Dillashaw told reporters (via MMA Junkie). “It’s a champ-vs.-champ fight, and you’re going to stop the fight like that? I’m in on a single leg. (The referee) said, ‘Hey, show me something.’ I said, ‘OK.’ I’m on a single leg in a scramble, (Cejudo) stops punching, he’s defending a single leg, and (the referee’s) going to stop the fight? It’s just ridiculous. It’s pretty pathetic that I have better knowledge (than the referee).”
During his post-fight interview, Cejudo offered to give Dillashaw an immediate rematch at bantamweight in an effort to become the promotion’s next “champ-champ.” That said, it sounds like Dillashaw has something to prove at 125 pounds.
“Look, congratulations, Henry Cejudo. Great job, man. But you did not win. You did not win this fight. I am happy to accept defeat, but I did not lose. I was more rocked in the first Cody (Garbrandt) fight than that fight. I got clipped, hardly clipped behind the ear, and a grown man is going to be shoving you. Of course you’re going to be in a scramble. This (expletive) needs to happen again, at flyweight. This is bullshit. I worked my ass off 12 weeks to get here. To have it stolen from me in 30 seconds.”
Speaking of things that get stolen, Joseph Benavidez is next in line for a flyweight title shot after turning away Dustin Ortiz at UFC Brooklyn. Not just for the win on ESPN+, but also because Benavidez holds a win over Cejudo from 2016.
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