The UFC is on a roll! This has been the era of super fights, and the newest super fight will be between Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw and Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo will come to fruition at UFC 233 In Anaheim, California, January 26, 2019.
It has officially been announced by the UFC that T.J. Dillashaw (16-3) will be looking to join an elite company that of Georges St. Pierre, Daniel Cormier, Conor McGregor, Randy Couture, and BJ Penn, who have all claimed belts in two different weight classes. This will be Henry Cejudo’s (13-2) first title defense since ending the reign of the most decorated champion in UFC History, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.
T.J. Dillashaw is coming off his second straight TKO win over Cody Garbrandt. T.J. is on a four fight win streak since his last defeat to Dominick Cruz, with wins over, Cody Garbrandt, John Lineker, and Raphel Assuncao. T.J. has shown improvements in his game each and every fight and continues to grow, making a case to be the pound-for-pound king with a win over Henry.
Henry Cejudo is one of the most decorated athletes the MMA landscape has ever seen! Henry is an Olympic Gold Medalist as a freestyle wrestler, and holds an impressive (13-3) record. Since his defeats from former Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson and top contender Joseph Benavidez, Henry has transformed his fighting style, which has earned him three wins in a row over, Wilson Reis, Sergio Pettis, and Demetrious Johnson.
UFC 233 also features the much anticipated debut of Ben Askren who is taking on the very entertaining and former UFC welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler. The card also features Paul Felder (15-4) vs. James Vick (13-2), and Islam Makhachev (16-1) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (23-6). This could be one of the biggest cards of the year for the MMA world and one that will shape legacies and make history.
Max Van Auken has been involved the combat sports world in a variety of ways. Whether it was training and competing, to now commentating, writing, and covering the sport of MMA. Max also is the co-host of the Locked Inn Sports Podcast with Max and Dave where they dive further in depth in a variety in MMA topics!