It was reported late last year that the UFC will be closing the flyweight division down. Then, a flyweight title fight was made between current champion, Henry Cejudo and bantamweight champion, T.J. Dillashaw. However, even with that, UFC President Dana White still doesn’t know the future of the division.
Many believe if Dillashaw wins, the division will be done. But, if Cejudo wins the fight on Saturday, it will become rather interesting. With that, Cejudo is confident he will win the fight and win it for all the flyweights.
“Saturday night, the flyweight division is going to be resurrected,” Cejudo said at the pre-fight press conference. “Let it be known.”
If that wasn’t enough, Cejudo then tried to make a deal with White to keep the flyweights around.
“With all due respect Dana, you did say at one point that women’s fighting would never enter (the UFC),” Cejudo said. “Ronda Rousey became one of the biggest superstars. I know there’s a place in your heart. What I am saying is: Let’s make a deal. I beat this man Saturday night, the flyweight division stays.”
However, even though the deal seems fair, White wasn’t quick to agree, and simply did not agree.
“We’ll see what happens on Saturday,” White said. “Let’s see what happens.”
For Cejudo, this fight is bigger than a normal fight. He is fighting for his division, and trying to keep all the other UFC flyweights employed. There is no question this fight will decide the fate of the flyweight division, and Cejudo understands that.
“This is much bigger than me,” Cejudo said. “This is for all the flyweights that are not big enough to make 135 pounds. I’m fighting for their family. There’s a big inspiration for me. When I’ inspired – I know I can get this done. There’s no better person to – the UFC, Dana – than to throw the Hail Mary to me.”
It all comes down to Saturday night if the flyweights will remain.