It’s going to be a quiet couple of weeks leading up to the UFC’s return on January 19th, but the promotion is returning with a bang. Not only does the next UFC Fight Night mark the start of their broadcast deal with ESPN and ESPN+, but it’s headlined by a champion vs. champion fight between bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw and flyweight champ Henry Cejudo.
Dillashaw is making the move down to flyweight for the fight, and while some people on Cejudo’s management team seem to think he’ll never make it to 125 pounds, photos of the 135 pounder looking like he’s well on his way to his new weightclass have surfaced. At this point we have few doubts that TJ will make the cut ... we’re just concerned that it’s not all that great of an idea.
2018 saw a lot of fighters pulled from their fights last minute due to bad weight cuts that landed them in the hospital. So of course people are concerned that Dillashaw could end up the first weight cut casualty of 2019. Here’s a quick round-up of reactions to those new photos of Dillashaw dropping 10 pounds from, IDK, somewhere or other.
TJ looking like a zombie 2 weeks out from trying to make 125 pounds pic.twitter.com/aJT4OlDSt9— SUBjective MMA (@SUBjectiveMMA) January 4, 2019
The caption said this was from today. Damn TJ looks skinny pic.twitter.com/ySwqZyAAxR— ShayMyName (@ImShannonTho) January 5, 2019
LOL and some of you were really coming at me when I said TJ would kill himself trying to make flyweight. This is hard to see honestly. pic.twitter.com/bg3zYkodnI— Tony Fagnano (@BigToneMMA) January 5, 2019
This was TJ Dillashaw 2.4 pounds from championship BANTAMWEIGHT weight,, just sayin’ pic.twitter.com/2jA1b80FEV— Rear Naked Tony (@RearNaked) January 4, 2019
Here's an exclusive pic of TJ Dillashaw trying to make the 125 mark. pic.twitter.com/0AyXCowX83— Al Zullino (@phre) January 5, 2019
TJ Dillashaw making 125 pic.twitter.com/DAmuinfQ7k— Ellis Rios (@hEllisRios) January 5, 2019
Dillashaw making his way to the octagon pic.twitter.com/Yo3JRhJ0gd— Dan (@DanDawsyeh) January 5, 2019
Dillashaw be like weight cut going great! pic.twitter.com/AknFZ4Od6t— TrT Dana (@TrtDana) January 5, 2019
So what do you think, Maniacs? Will TJ pull off this weight cut in two weeks? And if he does manage to make it into the cage, will natural flyweight Henry Cejudo make him pay for depleting himself so much?