According to UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw, the UFC are in the early stages of planning a champion vs. champion fight between himself and flyweight titleholder, Henry Cejudo.
When Cejudo won the flyweight title after beating longtime flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson last month at UFC 227, he said he wanted to move up a weight class and challenge for the 135-pound belt. Since then, Cejudo and Dillashaw have made it clear they want to fight each other, most recently exchanging jabs in a TMZ Newsroom.
Talking on the Joe Rogan MMA Show, Dillashaw discussed where talks currently stand regarding the champion vs. champion fight with Cejudo.
“There’s been nothing serious. There’s been hints, and we did a media tour together, and they put us on camera together and had us talk (expletive) to each other. They didn’t say that. Everything we do is real, but it’s like, ‘Oh, (expletive), this is what you guys want? If you think you can beat me then (expletive) you, man. Let’s do this (expletive).’” (Transcription by MMAjunkie)
Although Cejudo has said he is more than willing to move up to bantamweight for the fight, Dillashaw stated the fight will take place at 125-pounds, meaning only he will be able to get his hands on another belt if the fight does take place.
“I don’t want no excuses that I’m the bigger man. 25, especially with the coach I have now, Sam Calavitta. I was told I was going to fight Demetrious Johnson the summer before I fought Cody (Garbrandt) the first time. Within three weeks time I got down to 140 pounds.”
The UFC currently have two PPV events left this year that are without a main event, UFC 230 taking place on November 3rd, and UFC 231 taking place on December 9th, meaning if a fight between Cejudo and Dillashaw does materialize, it could headline either of those events.