A good part of the biggest storyline heading into UFC Brooklyn has been put to rest.
UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw successfully made weight Friday morning for his flyweight title challenge against 125-pound champ Henry Cejudo. Dillashaw came in at 124.6 pounds and was the first fighter to weigh-in, right at 9 a.m. local time in New York. The fight will go down Saturday night on the UFC’s debut card on the ESPN+ streaming service.
Dillashaw, 32, had not made a weight that low since he was a freshman wrestler in college, he said this week. Moving down and challenging for the flyweight gold is part of his plan to gain another UFC title and add to his legacy. Dillashaw is a two-time UFC bantamweight champion, his current reign going back to November 2017 when he knocked out Cody Garbrandt.
Cejudo, 31, became the UFC flyweight champion — only the second ever — when he dethroned longtime titleholder and record-setter Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227 in August. Cejudo made weight Friday morning at 124.4 pounds.
Now, the question for Dillashaw is how he’ll perform at this lighter weight. The California native has been confident that his 12 weeks of preparation in shedding pounds slowly under strength-and-conditioning coach Sam Calavitta will lead to similar ability in the cage as he has at 135 pounds, where he’s the best in the world. Dillashaw said he was hitting personal records in weight lifting and moving with even more speed as recently as last week despite the cut.