At UFC 227, both Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw each scored impressive victories over their opposition; Dillashaw, another vicious, impressive knockout over Cody Garbrandt, and Cejudo, a somewhat controversial but stunning split decision over then longstanding Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.
Leading up to these fights title fights, there was already an assumption that whoever the winners were, would eventually face each other in a super fight on a future UFC card.
Although we know now who those two men are, at the same time, many still feel that with the Cejudo-Johnson fight going the distance, and ‘Mighty Mouse’ being as dominant as he was over the year, a third fight is warranted.
All that being said, the talk of a Cejudo-Dillashaw super fight has picked up more steam as of late.
Looking at this on paper this sounds like a true epic encounter, but the reality is, should the fight actually happen, it’d be a sign of disrespect towards Demetrious Johnson, a man who dominated the UFC Flyweight class for the better part of 7 years as champion, and had his lone loss come via split decision against a man in Henry Cejudo he’d already finished before.
Simply put, DJ deserves his trilogy with Cejudo before the UFC should even think about a super fight between he and Dillashaw.
Surprisingly, despite what we all know and believe should be next for “Mighty Mouse”, he feels quite fine with idea of the UFC putting together the Cejudo-Dillashaw mega bout their desiring, as matter of fact, during an appearance on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show Monday, he gave his blessing on the making of the fight, the reason? because he knows no matter who or when he’ll fight next, he’s supremely confident he’ll succeed.
“I think it’s good for them,” Johnson said (transcript via Sherdog.com). “If that’s what they want to do, let them do it, you know? I think I read somewhere TJ said when he was weight-cutting he hit 133, so if he wants to do it, have him do it. I don’t think there’s nothing wrong with it at all. Let them do what they wanna do, dawg. That’s them.”
“I’m not worried about because I know I’m gonna be successful wherever I’m at,” he continued. “Whether it’s me not getting a fair shake…at the end of the day, that’s something my management is gonna have to deal with because I don’t talk to the UFC brass because I can’t hold back my emotions, and I keep it real.”