The UFC is going to Brooklyn for its first card 2019 and its first card ESPN following a seven-year agreement with Fox Sports. The event is headlined by a champion vs champion battle as bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw is dropping down to the flyweight division to take on Henry”The Messenger” Cejudo. Dillashaw is looking to become the seventh fighter to acquire belts in two different weight classes and is now a -230 favorite with Cejudo coming back at +180.
T.J. Dillashaw is averaging 5.38 significant strikes every second.
Henry Cejudo won gold at the 2008 Olympic Games.
Five of T.J. Dillashaw’s past seven wins have come via knockout.
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That is Cejudo’s second straight fight as an underdog after he shut as a large +350 dog against Demetrious”Mighty Mouse” Johnson, arguably the pound-for-pound greatest in the moment. The former Olympian outwrestled DJ en route to a split-decision victory to become the second-ever flyweight champion.
However, it makes sense for Dillashaw to be preferred because he’s the bigger man dropping down in weight. Here is the fifth time that the UFC has had two sitting winners endure toe-to-toe and the fighter who has made the burden course move is 3-1 in the previous four fights, with B.J. Penn’s loss to GSP in 2009 being the sole defeat. That having been said, Dillashaw is the first to fall down in weight to battle for a second belt, since B.J. Penn, Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes all moved up in weight as they looked to secure two belts at precisely the same moment.
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