Henry Cejudo has only just won the flyweight title, but the newly-crowned champion is already interested in moving up a weight class to challenge reigning bantamweight titleholder T.J. Dillashaw in a ‘superfight’.
Cejudo, who became the first man to dethrone pound-for-pound great Demetrious Johnson, called out Dillashaw in the UFC 227 post-fight interview and told reporters at the post-fight press conference that his goal is to become a ‘triple champ’.
The 31-year-old already has an Olympic gold medal to his name, and now, after winning the UFC flyweight title, ‘The Messenger’ is determined to become a two-division champ in MMA’s premiere promotion.
“If you guys watch my fight look at how muscular, how much bigger I am than Demetrious Johnson,” Cejudo said at the UFC 227 post-fight press conference, per MMA Mania’s Dan Hiergesell . “I’m a tank, man. I can easily fill out at 135 pounds and feel good.
“The other reason, too, they’ve always talked about TJ and DJ superfight. They neglected Henry Cejudo in the promos. They neglected Henry Cejudo in practically everything. And I get it because America is all about winners. Now that I’m a winner, I’m asking. I’m an Olympic champ. I’m a UFC champ. And now I’m asking to be a triple champ.”
Dillashaw was initially interested in the bout, but the bantamweight kingpin no longer believes Cejudo is deserving of a 135-pound title shot so soon after beating ‘Mighty Mouse’.
“You know, I don’t really think the guy would deserve it,” Dillashaw told reporters after his big win over Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227. “I mean, Joseph Benavidez just beat him. Yeah, he lost a split decision to Pettis, but I didn’t agree with that loss. So, I think there’s a lot of stuff there. And he’s got, possibly, a trilogy with ‘Mighty Mouse.’ So, I don’t know. I’m open for whatever, though. I’m not stepping away from a challenge, that’s for sure.”
Cejduo will likely have to run it back with Johnson before the UFC considers a champ vs. champ fight with Dillashaw. And, speaking to TMZ Sports in a recent interview, the new flyweight king said he is open to a rematch with the former champ. “Let’s make it happen, baby!”
The former Olympic freestyle wrestler beat ‘DJ’ via split decision, but the decision could have gone either way. Nonetheless, it is still a monumental accomplishment and deserving of a spot in the UFC’s official top 15 pound-for-pound rankings.