UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo has tagged himself as the promotion’s newest cash cow following an emphatic victory at UFC Brooklyn last weekend.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani on Monday, Cejudo said he is the new money-spinner for the Nevada-based promotion, with TJ Dillashaw’s stock sustaining a major dive after a 32-second stoppage loss in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 1.
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Considered as the flyweight division’s last hope, Henry Cejudo lived up to expectations on Saturday after he scored an important win at UFC on ESPN+ 1 in Brooklyn, New York, coasting to a historic first-round stoppage of bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw.
“The Messenger” needed only 32 seconds to deal the challenger his first knockout loss in nearly eight years and potentially salvage the embattled 125-pound class from getting axed this year.
The victory was sweeter as Cejudo ended the night etching his name in history books, with his 32-second title fight stoppage ended up being the fifth fastest in the UFC ever.
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The wrestling specialist continued to defy odds last weekend, tallying another huge win against a heavily-favoured UFC champion and proving that his victory over flyweight great Demetrious Johnson last year was no fluke.
Cejudo was tagged as the underdog against Dillashaw and Johnson, but the Los Angeles, California native brought the upset axe to dish out a pair of statement wins. Hopefully, these wins would give a clearer direction as to where the flyweight division is heading.
“Uncle Dana, where are you, Uncle Dana? Where are you hiding now? I came here, guys. This victory and I’ve said it before, it was much bigger than me. This was for the flyweights.”
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“The Messenger” stressed that TJ’s stock market crashed following the brutal loss. But despite a lopsided encounter, the Olymic gold medalist said he is willing to give Dillashaw a shot for a rematch, whether in flyweight or bantamweight.
“You lost your juice man, you lost your juice, you lost to me. I’m your next fight and everybody knows that. Unless you avenge your loss to me, your stock market went down,” Cejudo told Helwani on his MMA show.
“I promise I will go to (135), or we can do it again at 125, I don’t have a problem with that. TJ, if you want your rematch, you got it man.”
Cejudo also believes that he is the next big thing in UFC now who will put both divisions in the spotlight.
“I’m the cash cow now, man, it’s the Cejudo way. Everybody wants a piece of me, everybody is coming out of the wood-works. I got a huge target on my back.”
“But you know what, I’m going to embrace that and everybody is on notice. Flyweights and bantamweights. We don’t know what the history of the flyweights holds for us, but I’ll tell you one thing, I am going to continue to fight. I’m going to meet with uncle Dana and we will take it from there,” Cejudo vowed.
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