Henry Cejudo is the latest fighter who is looking to become a two division champ in the UFC, but the man he’s hoping to face in order to to do that, has put the brakes on the decorated wrestler’s hopes.
Not long after it had been announced that Cejudo had taken the flyweight title from Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227, he called for a bout with the winner of the card’s headliner. In that fight, TJ Dillashaw defended the bantamweight crown, by stopping Cody Garbrandt for a second time.
Then, after the event, Cejudo repeated his desire to face Dillashaw. But, when the 135 champ was asked to comment on Cejudo’s callout, Dillashaw said this (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“I don’t really think the guy would deserve it”, said Dillashaw
“I mean, Joseph Benavidez just beat him,” Dillashaw added.. “Yeah, (Benavidez) lost a split decision to (Sergio) Pettis, but I didn’t agree with that loss. So I think there’s a lot of stuff there, and he’s possibly got a trilogy with (Demetrious Johnson). I’m open to whatever, though. I’m not stepping away from a challenge, that’s for sure.”
It would be kind of surprising if the UFC did grant Cejudo his wish. After all, Marlon Moraes is knocking on the title shot door at 135, and then of course, there’s former champ, Dominick Cruz, who defeated Dillashaw before. Further, Cejudo just won the title, and he’s been defeated by Benavidez as well, (as Dillashaw noted). So, it’s not like this is a situation where Cejudo has cleaned out the division.
If not for Johnson reporting that he sustained some injuries in the bout last night, you would think the UFC would look at booking an, immediate, rubber match with Cejudo. Johnson quickly defeated Cejudo in 2016, and we are talking about a guy who defended the flyweight crown a record, 11 times. But, depending on how long Johnson is going to be out, the UFC could look at booking Cejudo for a contest in the interim.