Less than two weeks before he makes his debut in the flyweight division, TJ Dillashaw is letting people know that he has been working extra hard for his upcoming showdown with Henry Cejudo. And his current physique will attest to that…
The reigning UFC bantamweight champion has been updating his fans on social media about his preparation for the champ vs champ clash in the promotion’s inaugural event on ESPN. In one of his latest social media posts, Dillashaw showed his absolutely slimmed down and ripped body for his upcoming 125-pound title fight versus the newly-minted champion, Cejudo.
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Battle Of Champions
Both TJ Dillashaw and Henry Cejudo emerged victorious in the respective outings at UFC 227 last August. “The Viper” made quick work of Cody Garbrandt in the headlining fight to secure the bantamweight championship while Cejudo pulled off a massive upset against Demetrious Johnson to steal the flyweight strap via split decision.
The Dillashaw vs Cejudo super fight was originally booked for the main event of UFC 233, but with the promotion’s decision to cancel its first pay-per-view event in 2019, this battle of champions will instead headline UFC Fight Night in Brooklyn on January 19th.
The 32-year old fighter will have a shot at a rare dual championship as he is set to make his first appearance in the flyweight division and challenge Cejudo for the belt. If he wins this fight, he will join the ranks of Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, and Amanda Nunes as the only fighters to hold two belts simultaneously.
“The Messenger,” meanwhile, will march on his first title defense and has a tall task in front of him, which is to salvage the flyweight division from the brink of extinction.
Dillashaw To Kill The 125-lb Division
But according to Dillashaw, he has other business aside from winning another chip. He said he was paid an insane amount of money to put an end to the flyweight division.
“The UFC wants to get rid of the division and they hired me to go down and close it and get another belt in the process. It’s a win-win for me. They’re paying me a f–k-load of money to move down and kill the 125-pound division and collect a second belt. So, it’s game time,” he told Ariel Helwani of ESPN last November.
“It seems like I’m gonna take it over, man. I mean, if I’m the champ in both weight classes, why even have it? All the attention is at 135 anyway so at the end of the day, make the guys that they believe should stick around, come up and challenge for the belt,” he added.
It looks like the 32-year old really wants to get things done as he is wasting no time in getting the perfect shape for the fight. Check out his ripped physique ahead of the flyweight title fight in the post below:
He also shared a snap of what he called as “killer workout” with his crew two days ago.
Will TJ Dillashaw succeed in killing the flyweight division? What happens if he fails?
(Featured Image Source: Instagram)