Just like some fans, TJ Dillashaw wasn’t happy about how his fight with Henry Cejudo was called.
The bantamweight kingpin had a shot of becoming the next simultaneous UFC double-champion as he challenged Cejudo for the flyweight championship in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 1, Saturday night, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. But the night did not end well for “The Viper” as he was finished by the reigning champ in just 32 seconds.
— UFC (@ufc) January 18, 2019
After a successful stint at UFC 227, TJ Dillashaw was booked for the main event of UFC’s inaugural offering on ESPN opposite Henry Cejudo, with the flyweight championship belt on the line. The champ vs champ fight was originally scheduled for UFC 233 but has to be moved to UFC on ESPN+ 1 after the promotion cancelled its first pay per view event.
Dillashaw came to the fight in best shape despite making the biggest weight cut of his career in an attempt to kill the flyweight division and become the next UFC double-champion. He was also billed as the heavy favourite to win the fight, following his dominant performance over Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227.
Unfortunately for Dillashaw, Cejudo came prepared and determined.
Henry Cejudo knocks out TJ Dillashaw in 32 seconds, the fastest finish ever in a UFC flyweight title fight and tied for the fifth-fastest KO/TKO in a title fight in UFC history.
It is Dillashaw's first first-round loss since December 3, 2011 against John Dodson. pic.twitter.com/Sys7veAzzb
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 20, 2019
“The Messenger” made quick work of his challenger, finishing Dillashaw in the 32-second mark of the opening round, as the referee has seen enough to stop the fight. The stoppage would then become the subject of debate on social media as many fans believe that it was called early.
Dillashaw suffered his first technical knockout loss in nearly eight years. It was the first time he was finished in a fight since 2011. After a disappointing loss, “The Viper” expressed his disappointment on the officiating, saying he was robbed of an opportunity.
Check out his first post-fight statement in the post below, courtesy of Brett Okamoto of ESPN:
TJ Dillashaw just told me he’s very upset and the stoppage was terrible. Says he was robbed of an opportunity. Says the referee told him to show him something and he was working on a single leg. Wants n immediate rematch at the same 125 pound weight.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) January 20, 2019
Dillashaw wanting an immediate rematch in the 125-pound would be good news for the flyweight division. This means that the days of the 125-pound class are far from over amid speculations that it will be shut down this year.
Cejudo, on the other hand, has sent a bold message to the UFC that the flyweight division has found its new star. It took him just 32-seconds to prove Dana White that the division is worth keeping despite the exit of its previous star Demetrious Johnson, who was considered as one of the greatest fighters of all time.
— Rob Brown (@RobBrownBetting) January 20, 2019
UFC Brooklyn Full Results (courtesy of CBS Sports):
Henry Cejudo (c) def. T.J. Dillashaw via first-round TKO (strikes)
via second-round disqualification (illegal knees)
Gregor Gillespie def. Yancy Medeiros via second-round TKO (strikes)
Joseph Benavidez def. Dustin Ortiz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
via second-round submission (armbar)
Glover Teixeira def. Karl Roberson via first-round submission (arm-triangle choke)
via second-round TKO (strikes)
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