Dana Making ‘Magic’ Title Shot Disappear
Since Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is expected to dissolve the flyweight division at some point later this year, it doesn’t really matter if reigning division champion, Henry Cejudo, sticks around to defend his 125-pound strap.
10 pounds north, however, it’s a much different story.
That’s because Marlon Moraes established himself as the next in line for a crack at current bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw, thanks to his emphatic win over Raphael Assuncao at the UFC Fortaleza event last weekend on ESPN+ in Brazil.
So booking Cejudo vs. Dillashaw 2 puts “Magic” on the shelf until further notice.
“One thing they do want, they do want that TJ fight,” Cejudo told MMA Junkie. “Dana wants it, TJ wants it, we want it. That’s kind of where everything is heading as of now. Possibly (at bantamweight). I would like it. I know I could beat the man again at 135 pounds. I know what I saw in those 32 seconds. I see a lot of opportunities for me.”
That’s the one downside to prize fighting, it’s all about “me.”
Dillashaw made the drop down to 125 pounds earlier this month in an attempt to become the promotion's latest “champ-champ,” but was put away by “The Messenger” in the very first round, albeit under controversial circumstances.
If and when they run it back at bantamweight, the only positive outcome would be a win for Cejudo, who could then move on to fight Moraes at the end of the year. A victory for Dillashaw, by contrast, would lead to another round of tedious “trilogy” talks.
Maybe it’s time for everyone to just stay in their own lane.