The UFC is going back into the Honda Center in Anaheim, California in late January for UFC 233 with current bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw dropping down in weight to take on current flyweight champion Henry”The Messenger” Cejudo in the primary event. Dillashaw seems to put a stop to the flyweight division and he’s a -190 favored with Cejudo coming back at +155.
This is actually the fourth time in Cejudo’s nine-fight career in the UFC he has been an underdog and he is just 1-2 in the past few bouts. However, that one victory came from arguably one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in UFC history in Demetrious Johnson in UFC 227. Meanwhile, Dillashaw has been preferred in five of the past six scraps and can be riding a four-fight winning series, such as back-to-back successes over Cody Garbrandt, the first of which he had been an underdog for. This is a timeless grappler vs striker matchup, which tends to favor the grappler if history tells us anything, however it is Cejudo, the grappler, who’s the dog from the bout.
Slimming down Henry Cejudo vs T.J. Dillashaw
Dillashaw (-190) is a stunning striker with incredible hand speed and fantastic footwork. The 32-year-old averages 5.38 significant strikes a while while consuming just 2.94 significant strikes per minute, protecting 66 percent of strikes . It is not death by a thousand cuts by Dillashaw, as he can put you to sleep, together with half of the 16 professional wins coming through T/KO. Not only does the California native have excellent striking skills, but he stuffs 86% of takedown efforts, forcing his rivals to stand and trade with him.
Cejudo (+155) is an elite-level wrestler who struck gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The Messenger has landed a minumum of one takedown in eight of the nine bouts within the Octagon and has several takedowns in five of these scraps. As is true with the majority of wrestlers, Cejudo has outstanding cardio and is able to keep up a frenetic pace for the whole period of a complete five-round bout. The California native has definitely enhanced his striking during his career which was on full display when he pumped out Wilson Reis in UFC 215.
This may be the highest level of talent colliding in the lower weight class divisions ever. The matchmakers couldn’t have asked for a better clash of styles as you have a striker that has been in a position to bully his opponents, taking on an Olympic-level wrestler. Dillashaw are the larger man when the two input the Octagon, however, we have never seen him at 125 pounds and could cutting that extra 10 pounds out of 135 leave him depleted and much less strong? Meanwhile, if Cejudo is not able to haul Dillashaw into the mat, is he able to endure the elite-level striking? Irrespective of the results, we are in for a treat at UFC 233.
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