Henry Cejudo retained his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight title last Saturday night (Jan. 19, 2019) by knocking out current Bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw, in just 32 seconds (see it). He also became the first champion to ever win this shiny new belt.
Due to the nature of the highly-debated stoppage, Dillashaw was quick to call for an immediate rematch, which “The Messenger” was all for. And during an appearance on “The Ariel Helwani MMA Show,” Cejudo reiterated his desire to run it back, though he did remind Dillashaw that after going down so quickly he has now lost all of his juice and he won’t get it back unless he gets revenge.
“You lost your juice man, you lost your juice, you lost to me. I’m your next fight and everybody knows that. Unless you avenge your loss to me, your stock market went down,” he added.
Cejudo’s preference would be to have the rematch take place at Bantamweight in order to allow him the same opportunity afforded to TJ to become “champ-champ.” That said, he will only move up if he knows the 125-pound weight class is secure.
“It’s legacy, that’s all there is to it. The only reason I would do this is making sure the 125 pound belt is secure for all of us. Not just for me, for all of us. I got to really sit down with Dana because I do not know what’s going on,” he added, while saying he also has no qualms in running it back at 125 pounds.
“I promise I will go to (135), or we can do it again at 125, I don’t have a problem with that. TJ, if you want your rematch, you got it man.”
With back-to-back wins over Demetrious Johnson and now Dillashaw, Cejudo wants to start getting the “cash cow” treatment moving forward, as he now has fighters in two divisions eying him.
“I’m the cash cow now, man, it’s the Cejudo way. Everybody wants a piece of me, everybody is coming out of the wood-works. I got a huge target on my back. But you know what, I’m going to embrace that and everybody is on notice. Flyweights and bantamweights. We don’t know what the history of the flyweights holds for us, but I’ll tell you one thing, I am going to continue to fight. I’m going to meet with uncle Dana and we will take it from there,” he concluded.
Cejudo makes some rather interesting points, as he holds all the cards now which means Dillashaw will have to concede and accept the fight at the division of Cejudo’s choosing. With the approval of uncle Dana, of course.