There have been talks about the abolition of the UFC’s flyweight division. And according to bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, he was “hired to kill” the 125-pound weight class in exchange of a “f—kload of money.”
Dillashaw has the chance to become the fourth fighter to simultaneously hold two title belts, should he prevail against Henry Cejudo this weekend in Brooklyn. But as far as the future of the flyweight division goes, he is not really that invested.
“I can’t care less, man,” Dillashaw told reporters during the open workouts on Wednesday. “If the UFC wants me to be an assassin, they want to hire me to go down and end it, I’ll end it. If they don’t cut it, awesome, too. I don’t really care. It’s more about myself.”
For the 32-year-old Dillashaw, it is all about creating a legacy that would cement him as one of the all-time greats, and nothing else.
“This is a selfish sport,” he said. “You do go in there (by) yourself, you get paid yourself. I obviously got a team, Juan Archuleta, the Training Lab that helped me get there. But when you’re out there and you’re doing it, it’s your name, you’re by yourself.
“(My legacy means) everything. That’s the point, breaking records. I’m the first one to go down and do it, put that much work in. It means everything.
Cejudo and Dillashaw will headline the first UFC card on ESPN+ 1 this Saturday, January 19th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.