Henry Cejudo is the new king of the flyweight division, and he is also setting sights on adding another chip by taking over the bantamweight class this year.
Pulling off one of the biggest upsets of 2018, Cejudo snapped Demetrious Johnson’s many years of reign at 125-pound as he coasted to a decision victory to become the new flyweight champ.
Five months after, he added TJ Dillashaw to his list of victims as he defeated the 135-pound kingpin in the fifth fastest stoppage in UFC history.
He has offered Dillashaw an immediate rematch and even expressed his willingness to do it at 135.
But with Dillashaw getting flagged for an anti-doping violation, their rematch at bantamweight is no longer a possibility until TJ becomes eligible to compete again.
However, “The Messenger” promised that he would never do it again with Dillashaw if he is proven guilty of using performance-enhancing substances.
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Last week, TJ Dillashaw announced that he had failed a drug test with the UFC’s anti-doping partner, USADA, stemming from his flyweight title showdown against Henry Cejudo at UFC Fight Night 143.
He then voluntarily vacated his bantamweight belt he captured in 2017 against former teammate, Cody Garbrandt.
“To all my fans, I wanted to be the first one to let you know that USADA and the NYSAC have informed me of an adverse finding in a test taken from my last fight,” Dillashaw wrote.
“While words can’t even begin to express how disappointed I am at this time, please know that I’m working with my team to understand what has occurred and how to resolve this situation as quickly as possible.”
“Out of fairness and respect to the rest of my division, I’ve informed the UFC that I’ll be voluntarily relinquishing my title while I deal with this matter. I want to thank all of you in advance.”
For one last time, an emotional Cejudo talked about his rival’s anti-doping scandal, and he said that if Dillashaw does not manage to clear his name, he will never share the Octagon with him again. (Quotes from MMA Mania)
”With this whole TJ thing, it made me sad, if it’s all true,”
“You feel sad then you go to feeling mad, like wait, what if he’d beat you up like Brock did with Mark Hunt?”
“Sometimes these things cross your head because this ain’t baseball, man. If it all comes out to be true, I would never feel comfortable fighting someone like that again.”
“I hope it was an accident, I hope something happened. But if it’s true, I truly feel bad for the man.”
“I really do. And I just would never fight him again. I don’t care for whatever amount of money, I would never fight him again,” Cejudo stated in Ariel Helwani’s MMA show.
He also revealed that UFC was already planning for their rematch, which could have guaranteed the flyweight champ huge paycheck.
”Yeah that was the plan, that’s what Dana wanted, that’s what we wanted, that’s what TJ wanted.”
“Everyone wanted the fight. It was gonna be a pretty big payday for me.”
“That’s another place where I lose a little bit. TJ’s a big name, but if it all turns out to be true, it’s going to tarnish his legacy for the rest of his career.”
“A future Hall of Famer could now be in question.”
”I’m still kind of emotional. I hope it’s not anything crazy, but this is the last interview I want to do about it because it just bugs me.”
With Dillashaw now out of the equation, Cejudo said he is fighting top contender, Marlon Moraes, this June for the vacant bantamweight championship.
Can he win another belt and become the next simultaneous two-division champ? Let’s see if he can pull off another shocker.
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