Despite all signs pointing to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) absolving the Flyweight division, promotion president Dana White hasn’t committed to the move. Still, Bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw is adamant he’s been hired to “kill off” the 125-pound weight class by taking out its champion, Henry Cejudo.
The two have been tasked to usher in the ESPN era, as T.J. will drop down to face “The Messenger” in the headlining bout of UFC on ESPN+ 1 on January 19, 2019 inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Dillashaw’s team has proclaimed “Viper” to be the best fighter walking the face of earth, and a win over Cejudo will only add to that claim. In earning a victory, T.J. will become the promotion’s fourth champ-champ, joining the likes of Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes.
Cejudo, meanwhile, looks to score his first-ever title defense at 125-pounds — which could be his last — after upsetting Demetrious Johnson last year. If he manages to pull it off successfully, he could very well earn a shot at T.J.’s title at 135 pounds.
Check out their fight video preview above, as broken down by Daniel Cormier. And see the finalized UFC on ESPN+1 fight card and line up here.