UFC Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo has seen his biggest rival Demetrious Johnson jump ship to ONE FC this week, and now he’s not only suggesting that he might move up to bantamweight for a showdown with 135lb champion TJ Dillashaw, but also that it’s possible the UFC may be on the verge of scrapping the 125lb division altogether.
“I think more likely that T.J. fight might happen,” Cejudo said on Jor Rogan’s MMA Show this week. “That T.J. fight might happen if they’re going to be done with the flyweight division. I think that cat’s out of the bag and Dana had mentioned that to me. He said, ‘Hey Cejudo, we’re going to take you up on that challenge for you to go up against T.J., but this is what the company has been thinking about for while.’”
Still, it remains to be seen if the flyweight division really is on the chopping block, and Cejudo has indicated he’s willing to fight Dillashaw in either weight class.
“I like both ideas. I kind of left it off to him. I said, ‘I don’t know but I want to fight you.’ I want to fight T.J. and I want to go after the next best thing, and I think that’s him.
“Let’s do it at ‘25 or let’s do it at ‘35, but let’s fight, man. I believe T.J. wants to fight me too.”
Whatever happens in the Dillashaw fight, Cejudo says that he’s already achieved his goals after seizing the title from Johnson earlier this year.
“I’ve accomplished everything I’ve ever wanted to in my career. I had three goals. My number-one goal was just to be a good person, a good father, a good husband. And then after that was to be an Olympic champ and eventually a UFC champ. And I’ve done everything I’ve ever kinda set my mind to. Those were the two biggest things anyone could do. I don’t see myself fighting for [more than] maybe three or four years.”