The UFC is heading to Brooklyn because of its very first card of 2019 and its very first card on ESPN after a seven-year deal with Fox Sports. The event is headlined by a champion vs champion fight as bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw is dropping down to the flyweight division to take on Henry”The Messenger” Cejudo. Dillashaw is seeking to become the seventh fighter to win belts in two different weight classes and is now a -230 favored with Cejudo coming back at +180.
T.J. Dillashaw is averaging 5.38 significant strikes per minute.
Henry Cejudo won gold at the 2008 Olympic Games. Five of T.J. Dillashaw’s last seven wins have come through knockout.
This is Cejudo’s second straight fight as an underdog after he closed as a big +350 puppy contrary to Demetrious”Mighty Mouse” Johnson, arguably the pound-for-pound best at the moment. The Olympian outwrestled en route to a victory to become the second-ever flyweight champion.
However, because he’s the bigger man dropping down in 20, it makes sense to be favored. This is the fifth time ever that the UFC has two sitting winners endure toe-to-toe and the fighter who has made the burden class move is 3-1 in the past four fights, together with B.J. Penn’s reduction to GSP in 2009 function as the only defeat. That being said, Dillashaw is the first to fall down in weight to battle for a second belt, as B.J. Penn, Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes all moved up in weight since they looked to secure two straps at precisely the same time.
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