TJ Dillashaw versus Henry Cejudo moved from UFC 233 to Brooklyn
UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and defending flyweight champion Henry Cejudo were due to fight in their backyard next month. Instead, they travel across country to New York.
The duo, who were slated for Cejudo’s 125-pound title for the UFC 233 main event on January 26 at the Anaheim Honda Center, will instead fight the UFC’s UFC debut on January 19 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn according to the UFC. ESPN was the first to get the word out.
Dillashaw (16-3), a native of Northern California who is now setting up camp in Orange County, and Cejudo (13-2), a native of Los Angeles, were part of a 1-2 combo that was a box office hit at UFC 227 The Event at the Staples Center in downtown LA drew a sold-out crowd of 17,794 viewers who paid $ 2.85 million when Dillashaw knocked out Cody Garbrandt in the main event to keep his title. and Cejudo beat Demetrious Johnson in a split-decision thriller to claim the flyweight title in what is widely considered to be the greatest flyweight matchup in MMA history.
Dillashaw’s win over Garbrandt marked his fourth straight win and eighth in his last nine; Cejudo (13-2) has won three times in a row.
No word yet on what Dillashaw could replace against Cejudo at UFC 233, which is competing in the SoCal market with the final of Bellator’s heavyweight Grand Prix tournament at the Inglewood Forum.