TJ Dillashaw responded to the challenge of the UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo as he made it clear that he wanted a shot at the 135lb belt next.
When Cejudo’s hand was raised after going a tightly-contested five-rounds at UFC 227 – there was a strange feeling felt within the MMA world.
Some expressed their frustration for what seemed to be an underwhelming end to the long-lasting title-reign of Demetrious Johnson, while others did seem to be genuinely pleased for the new champ and his efforts.
Taking the mic from Joe Rogan directly afterwards, the champ used his platform to pre-emptively call out of the winner of the night’s main-event showdown between TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt.
Now, with Dillashaw having won decisively, the 135lb champ has detailed what it would take for Henry Cejudo to be his next opponent.
Speaking on the most recent episode of Below The Belt with Brendan Schaub, TJ made it clear that he would welcome a fight with Cejudo – but only if he could drop down to 125lb and challenge for the former-Olympian’s newly-won title.
“Cejudo, I’m up for the challenge. I think I walk right through you. I think it’d be great. The thing is too, if you want to fight me, I’m coming for you.
“That’s the best financial advice to do. I got two belts. Two-division champ. It’s the thing to do now.
“Absolutely [I’ll go to 125lbs]. I can make it easy. I got down the day of weigh-ins to 133lbs. I weighed 133lbs the day of weigh-ins and I was like ‘oh s**t I might as well drink a couple more pounds’. I made weight easy, super easy.
“He’s a gold medalist, he’s a UFC champion, he’s got some followers. He’s got a name. I’d love to smash him. It’s a great one to put under my belt.”
Dillashaw is by far the more established champion at this stage and one would assume that he has more power than ‘The Messenger’ to call the shots.
Only time will well, I suppose.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena