The UFC is going back into the Honda Center in Anaheim, California in late January to get UFC 233 with current bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw dropping down to take on present flyweight champion Henry”The Messenger” Cejudo at 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 few bouts. But that one triumph came from arguably one of the very best pound-for-pound fighters in UFC history in Demetrious Johnson in UFC 227. Meanwhile, Dillashaw was favored in five of the last six scraps and can be riding a four-fight winning series, such as back-to-back successes over Cody Garbrandt, the first of which he had been an underdog for. This is a classic grappler vs striker matchup, which will prefer the grappler if history tells us anything, yet it is Cejudo, the grappler, who’s the dog in the bout.
Slimming down Henry Cejudo vs T.J. Dillashaw
Dillashaw (-190) is a stunning striker who has incredible hands and fantastic footwork. The 32-year-old averages 5.38 significant strikes a while while absorbing just 2.94 considerable strikes per second, defending 66 percent of strikes against. It isn’t death by a thousand cuts by Dillashaw, as he will put you to sleep, with half of his 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 a elite-level wrestler who struck gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The Messenger has landed a minumum of one takedown in eight of his nine bouts within the Octagon and has multiple takedowns in five of those bits. As is the case with most wrestlers, Cejudo has exceptional cardio and is able to maintain a frenetic pace for the whole period of a full five-round bout. The California native has certainly improved his striking during his career and that has been on full display when he pumped out Wilson Reis at UFC 215.
This might be the maximum level of talent colliding from the weight class branches. The matchmakers couldn’t have asked for a better clash of styles as you have a striker who has been able to bully his opponents, taking on an Olympic-level wrestler. Dillashaw are the bigger man when both input the Octagon, however, we have never noticed him at 125 pounds and could cutting off that additional 10 pounds from 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? Irrespective of the outcome, we are in for a treat at UFC 233.
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