It has been reported by Brett Okomoto of ESPN that UFC Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw will drop down to 125lbs to challenge the Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo at UFC 233 in January.
It has been unclear on the future of the Flyweight division since the departure of former champion Demetrious Johnson. He was recently traded for Ben Askren, and signed a new deal with ONE Championship.
News had revealed on Wednesday that Flyweight fighters not moving up to 135lbs were being cut by the UFC. Jose Torres was one of the first to announce he was now a free agent.
Im the 1st to be let go. I didnt get to finish my UFC contract with 2 fights left because they are cutting most of my division n not giving some of us a chance to bump up n prove ourselves like myself. So now it’s time to move on to bigger and better things. Good luck small guys! pic.twitter.com/lUMijsRoDm
— Jose Shorty Torres (@ShortyTorres125) November 7, 2018
y’all call and I accept a fight on less than a weeks notice at Bantamweight…then I don’t hear shit back until my manager informs me that myself and the rest of the Flyweight division are cut? @ufc 🤷🏼♂️ #mma
— Justin Scoggins (@combatcobain) November 8, 2018
A champion vs champion fight featuring Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw is currently in the works but not yet finalised for UFC 233. with Dillashaw predicted to drop down to 125lbs to challenge Cejudo for the Flyweight title, this could give a new glimmer of hope to the remaining division but could also signal the end of an era.
UFC 233 is due to take place Jan. 26 in Aniheim, California. Follow MMACrazy on twitter for all the latest updates.