Every mixed martial artist wants to hold a record of his own. TJ Dillashaw is aiming at a second title on his upcoming super fight against reigning flyweight king Henry Cejudo, and apparently, he’s in it for the third one if odds will go in his favour.
The UFC is kickstarting the year with a historic ‘champ vs champ’ fight featuring a champion moving down in weight for a second title in the main event of its inaugural offering on ESPN. Bantamweight titleholder Dillashaw is fighting Cejudo for the 125-pound belt.
Dillashaw Vs Cejudo
On the last Saturday of January, the “Viper” who has recently revealed that the esteemed promotion offered him a great deal to delete the flyweight division, will try to snatch the throne in California. He will try to become the third double-division champion in the history of UFC.
On Cejudo’s end, he is putting his title on the line for the first time since seizing it from Demetrious Johnson in August. He shook the MMA ground in 2018 after overcoming the most dominant champion in UFC history at UFC 227.
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However, Dillashaw is trying to spoil Cejudo’s celebration with a vow to snatch his title and be the next champ-champ. In a recent appearance with MMAJunkie, the 32-year-old is focused on defeating the flyweight champ, just so he can target the featherweight king next.
“Everyone wants me to go to featherweight and fight Max [Holloway].” I would love to. But look, one step at a time. Let’s run through Cejudo first then Max can be next. [I can] be the first one to ever go for three belts.”
It seems like Conor McGregor’s legendary two-division win record is a trend to follow for UFC champions who want more than mere title defences. Duane Ludwig, Dillashaw’s coach, also talked to MMAJunkie about his talent’s potential for a featherweight shot.
“I think that would be more of a challenge to go up in weight than it has been to go down in weight. T.J. is not a big bantamweight anyway. Going up in weight, that’s when we’ll see more change.”
We’ll see on January 27 if Dillashaw will have the chance to lobby for a shot against Max Holloway or will remain the champion of a single division.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/TJ Dillashaw and Instagram/Max Holloway