After Henry Cejudo shocked the world for a second time with a knockout win over T.J. Dillashaw, the expectation was Cejudo would rematch Dillashaw at bantamweight for his title. Well, Cejudo is moving up to bantamweight but is not fighting Dillashaw, rather he is taking on Marlon Moraes for the vacant bantamweight title after Dillashaw relinquished the title and was suspended two years by USADA for EPO.
Although Cejudo wanted to beat Dillashaw again, after the fact that he was on something, Cejudo promises to never fight Dillashaw again.
“I’ll never fight him again, dude,” Cejudo told reporters backstage at UFC 236 on Saturday in Atlanta. “And I’m not, it’s not like I’m scared or whatnot. I shook his hand, and, this is a sport. This isn’t baseball – you’re not hitting a baseball, there’s another human being, dude, so I want no part of him.
“It doesn’t matter what they’re going to offer me, what they’re going to give me. In my eyes, T.J., there’s bad intentions, literally. There’s no desire for me to want the fight. I’ve always been drug-free.”
Meanwhile, for some time now, fighters have brought up the fact that Dillashaw is on something. Like other fighters, Cejudo heard that, too and is glad he is paying for it with a suspension.
“I’ve heard on T.J., and I really never brought it up, he was on supposedly in the days prior to USADA, even Cody (Garbrandt), himself, was like, ‘Hey, watch out dude, he’s dirty,’” Cejudo said. “People would come up to me, and I never really brought it up because I thought that that part of MMA is over, but I think once you find out he’s on it, it’s like, this dude ain’t playing fair.
“It’s a little dirty man. It’s not good for our sport. He could have hurt me.”