Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw will fight flyweight champion Henry Cejudo for the 125lb title at UFC On ESPN+ 1 on Saturday night, but that is not the full extent of his title ambitions.
Instead Dillashaw is already floating the idea that he might looking to move up from bantamweight to featherweight to challenge Max Holloway for the 145lb title as well.
“Everyone wants me to go to featherweight and fight Max,” Dillashaw said on Instagram Live. “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.”
MMAJunkie have since spoken to Dillashaw’s long-time coach Duane Ludwig, who seems a little more cautious about the prospect of Dillashaw moving up rather than down a division.
“I think that would be more of a challenge to go up in weight than it has been to go down in weight,” Ludwig said. “T.J. is not a big bantamweight anyway. Going up in weight, that’s when we’ll see more change.
“I assume he would become possibly a little slower, but have more power,” Ludwig added. “But we’ll see what ends up happening if that’s the journey for us. Right now we’re focused on the task at hand.”