Henry Cejudo had the time of his life in Brooklyn on Saturday night after knocking out TJ Dillashaw 32 seconds to the opening round. However, a bitter bantamweight champ thinks he was stolen the chance and win he deserves.
“The Viper” is the first UFC champion to go down a division and challenge another titleholder for a second belt. He made the biggest weight cut of his career to challenge Cejudo at 125 lbs, only to lose with a stoppage that was allegedly given too early.
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However, Cejudo spoiled the 32-year-old’s plan of being the third champ-champ and erasing the flyweight division after the fight ended a little more than half a minute in round one. Dillashaw turned his thumbs down at the result, believing that the fight was stopped too early.
At the post-fight press conference of Fight Night 134, the Angels Camp native thinks what really transpired was a robbery, having something you’ve worked hard for stolen from you.
“Sucks to have it stolen from me. I worked my butt off. I’m so much better than that. It would be nice to actually get the chance to show it. It’s a title fight, it’s a champ versus champ fight and you’re gonna stop the fight like that? I’m on a single leg.”
“He says, ‘Show me something.’ I said, ‘I’m OK.’ I’m on a single leg in a scramble, he stops punching, he’s defending a single leg and you’re gonna stop the fight? It’s just ridiculous, man. It’s pretty pathetic that I have better knowledge than that ref.”
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Better Than Henry Cejudo
For this, Dillashaw also thinks the alleged ‘premature’ stoppage is not a victory to be proud of. The bantamweight champion is questioning his flyweight rival’s jubilee for a controversial win.
“As you can tell, I’m a little frustrated. This shit needs to happen again — at flyweight. This is bullshit. I worked my ass off 12 weeks to get here to have it stolen from me in 30 seconds.”
“How could you be that f*cking happy over that win?. Obviously, he did not lose his belt, he’s gonna feed his family, pay his bills. Good for him. Be happy, yes. But I wouldn’t be happy winning that way, that’s for sure. I wouldn’t call myself the champ-champ, I wouldn’t call myself the double champ winning that way.”
“I am leaps and bounds better than Henry Cejudo. I greatly believe that. But unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to prove it.”
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