UFC Brooklyn: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw for flyweight title
TJ Dillashaw (16-3) and Henry Cejudo (13-2) were expected to meet inside the Octagon, battling it out for flyweight title at UFC 233 scheduled for January 27 (AEDT) at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. However the contest has been moved to an earlier date, January 20 (AEDT) as a headliner of Fight Night 143 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, which marks a debut of Ultimate Fighting Championship on ESPN.
ESPN was the first to announce the news. The formal stated by the promotion followed on Friday.
“A SuperFight pitting champion against champion is now set for January 19 (Jan. 20 AEDT), as UFC bantamweight titlist TJ Dillashaw moves to the flyweight division to challenge Henry Cejudo for his 125-pound crown at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. This bout headlines the UFC’s premiere event on ESPN+,” reads the announcement.
Cejudo is a reigning UFC Flyweight champion. He claimed the belt against the former titleholder Demetrious Johnson by split decision at UFC 227. Before that he defeated Sergio Pettis and Wilson Reis.
Riding a four-fight win streak, Dillashaw is a current UFC Bantamweight champion. He regained the title by second-round TKO against Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217, and then made his first successful defense when he stopped the latter in the first round of their rematch also at UFC 227.
Among other bouts featured on the card at UFC Brooklyn (Fight Night 143) Paige VanZant is expected to face Rachael Ostovich in the women’s flyweight encounter.