The UFC is heading to Brooklyn because of its first card 2019 and its very first card on ESPN after a seven-year deal with Fox Sports. The event is headlined by a winner vs winner 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 in +180.
T.J. Dillashaw is averaging 5.38 significant strikes per minute.
Gold was won by henry Cejudo at the 2008 Olympic Games. Five of T.J. Dillashaw’s past seven wins have come through knockout.
This 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 at the time. The Olympian outwrestled DJ en route to some split-decision success to become the second-ever flyweight champion.
However, because he’s the larger man falling down in weight it makes sense to be favored. Here is the fifth time that the UFC has had two sitting winners endure toe-to-toe along with the fighter that has made the weight class move is 3-1 in the past four fights, together with B.J. Penn’s loss to GSP in 2009 function as the sole defeat. That being said, Dillashaw is the first to drop 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 fasten two straps at precisely the same time.
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