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Dillashaw dropping down to face Cejudo at UFC 233 despite reports of flyweight’s demise

The TJ Dillashaw vs Henry Cejudo super-fight could happen in a surprising division.

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Shortly after Demetrious Johnson’s departure, there were reports that the UFC’s 125 lb division will be abolished. Many flyweights have already announced their release, while other fighters are said to be moving up to bantamweight.

That was also the assumption for flyweight champion Henry Cejudo, who has long been rumored to move up for a match up against bantamweight king T.J. Dillashaw. The super-fight is indeed likely to happen, as Combate has reported that it is in the works for UFC 233. What’s surprising given the recent events though, is that according to ESPN, the championship bout will instead be hosted at flyweight.

MMA Fighting has confirmed both the match up and the targeted weight, and Dillashaw is reportedly dropping down to try and take Cejudo’s flyweight belt and become a two-division champion.

Cejudo seems more than willing to move up to bantamweight, and it’s unclear why they would host a title bout in a division they’re in the process of getting rid of. I guess we’ll have to wait for UFC officials to give us more clarity on their decision making.

UFC 233 happens on January 26, in Anaheim California. Ben Askren vs Robbie Lawler is also reportedly going to happen on the same event.