The UFC is going back to the Honda Center in Anaheim, California in late January to get UFC 233 with present bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw falling down in weight to undertake current flyweight champion Henry”The Messenger” Cejudo in the main event. Dillashaw looks to put an end to the flyweight division and he’s a -190 favored with Cejudo coming back in +155.
This is actually the fourth time in Cejudo’s nine-fight profession in the UFC that he has been an underdog and he’s only 1-2 in the previous three bouts. However, that one victory came against arguably one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in UFC history in Demetrious Johnson in UFC 227. Meanwhile, Dillashaw was preferred in five of the past six bits and is riding a four-fight winning series, such as back-to-back victories over Cody Garbrandt, the first of that he had been an underdog for. This is a classic grappler vs striker matchup, which will favor the grappler if history tells us anything, however it is Cejudo, the grappler, who’s the dog in the bout.
Slimming down Henry Cejudo vs T.J. Dillashaw
Dillashaw (-190) is a spectacular striker with incredible hands and great footwork. The 32-year-old averages 5.38 significant strikes per minute when absorbing just 2.94 considerable strikes per minute, protecting 66 percentage of strikes . It is not death by a million cuts by Dillashaw, as he can put one to sleep, with half of the 16 professional wins coming via T/KO. Not only does the California native have excellent striking abilities, but he stuffs 86% of takedown attempts, forcing his rivals to stand and trade with him.
Cejudo (+155) is an elite-level wrestler who struck gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The Messenger has landed at least one takedown in eight of his nine bouts inside the Octagon and has multiple takedowns in five of these scraps. As is true with most wrestlers, Cejudo has exceptional cardio and can keep up a frenetic pace for the duration of a complete five-round bout. The California native has certainly improved his striking throughout his career which has been on full display when he pumped out Wilson Reis in UFC 215.
This may be the highest level of talent colliding in the weight class divisions ever. The matchmakers could not have asked for a better clash of styles as you’ve got a striker that has been in a position to bully his opponents, carrying on an Olympic-level wrestler. Dillashaw will be the larger man when the two input the Octagon, however, we have never noticed him at 125 pounds and could cutting off that additional 10 pounds out of 135 leave him depleted and not as powerful? Meanwhile, if Cejudo is unable to haul Dillashaw to the mat, is he able to survive the elite-level striking? Regardless of the outcome, we’re in for a treat at UFC 233.
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