PREVIEW: Henry Cejudo vs TJ Dillashaw
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The fight is official. Both men made weight and there is a potential Champ-Champ to be made in Brooklyn. Let’s see how the current 125 and current 135 champ stack up.
TJ Dillashaw, current Bantamweight champion and Flyweight challenger, is one of the P4P best fighters on the roster. He has a funky, shifty style of striking, with the only fighter to have figured out his style is Dominick Cruz, likely because it is very similar to his own. He has 3 losses in his MMA career: John Dodson via KO on the TUF finale, then a pair of split decision losses to Raphael Assuncao and Cruz, the latter being his most recent loss and a shade over 3 years ago. With exception to those blips, Dillashaw is an assassin. Cody Garbrandt learned that firsthand. Renan Barao’s career was finished after Dillashaw stole his soul. Another key asset to Dillashaw is that he has been extremely well-rounded in the octagon, making him all the more difficult to gameplan for. He has elite power for 135, as seen by the Garbrandt KOs, and he is looking to bring that power down a weight class.
Henry Cejudo is an interesting case. He stepped into the octagon on August 4th, 2018 given little to no chance against one of MMA’s greatest: Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. There was good reason for it, too, since he got KOd in the first round in their first meeting at UFC 197. Then he did the unthinkable: he won. Not only that, he won a decision. He went 25 minutes toe-to-toe with the (potentially) most talented fighter in the history of the sport, and beat him. Cejudo is an Olympic Gold Medalist, something that I am sure he mentions in nearly every interview he gives. What he has done to develop in the sport, however, is really piece an entire game together. He has added a more-than-competent striking game, adding a second dimension to his game, keeping opponents guessing. He is a true mixed martial artist now, and that spells trouble for Flyweights, assuming he gets past this Bantamweight AND his division survives the aftermath.
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