Henry Cejudo performed Saturday night in a stellar performance that will probably help protect his family's future and perhaps even the collective future of all male man weights in the UFC.
This is the plot, at least.
Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo needed only 32 seconds to beat TJ Dillashaw on Saturday night, in a conclusion that UFC president Dana White called "a bad break".
Henry Cejudo is both an Olympic gold medalist and a UFC champion. Describes, in his own words, what has been used to obtain both awards.
Before the Brooklyn Night main event of UFC Fight Night between Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw, a multitude of undercard fights had important implications. Here's how it all went down.
Among the buzz around the sport that the UFC was about to block its 125-pound weight class – perhaps fueled by TJ Dillashaw's smug declaration that the fight promotion bosses had sent " Il Messaggero "wasted no time in declaring his refutation, finishing Dillashaw in just 32 seconds in the UFC Fight Night main event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.  "Where are you, Uncle Dana? Where are you hiding?" a smiling Cejudo later said in the cage, looking around for UFC president Dana White. "This victory, and I said it before, was much bigger than me: this victory was for heavyweights.
" This victory was for all flyweight who wanted the opportunity to fight for a world title, one day. " Henry Cejudo punches TJ Dillashaw in the first round of their fight for the flyweight championship Anthony Geathers for ESPN
White has firmly avoided any questions about the future of the 125-pound division during the 39, approaching the race E had little to say about the night, even after seeing his flyweight champion shine. "I do not know," he told ESPN when asked about the future of the 125 in the UFC. " I do not know what I'm going to do with the division. I do not know anything yet. "
It is no secret that the UFC has not been able to get traction over the years for its carabiners among the fans.A shortly after the reign of six years Demetrious Johnson ended after 11 defenses in August, when Cejudo returned with a decisive victory, "Mighty Mouse" was traded for the One Championship in Asia and some other 125-pounds were released from their UFC contracts.
But Cejudo is a flyweight of another kind, a sharp mixture of humility and boldness that plays well with the fans.And he has a subsequent logic defending the title all in a row, as previously in the evening twice flyweight challenger Joseph Benavidez won for the title. Eighth time in his last nine Benavidez is the last man to beat Cejudo, winning a decision divided into a good wreck in 2016. And there are many other 125-pounds – all of which got stuck in the era of the "Mighty Mouse" – who could line up for one shot to the champion.
Regardle ss of where next, Cejudo is now fully established as a star.
This last part might seem like a strange thing to say about a boy who had already beaten the king of the pound. But the victory of Cejudo's title on Johnson was as thin as a razor, and many fighters of the past had a brilliant performance that he could never duplicate. Thirty-one-year-old Cejudo also has a gold medal in his Olympic curriculum, but due to his legacy, MMA had to show that he was wearing his belt not only because August 4th was his night. He needed to have another great evening.
What he did. And in doing so, Cejudo (14-2) sent waves of impact through two weight classes. He may have saved his 125-pound brothers from having to regroup or find another job. Then again, maybe not.
"I'm not even sure what Dana is thinking about," Cejudo admitted at the postfight press conference. "We need to sit in front of Dana White and talk to him, I will not be part of a division if they get rid of everyone, who will fight?"
the discussion with the other Cejudo weight division sent a loop on Saturday. By crushing the bantamweight champion in half a minute, he questioned who the true alpha male is at 135 pounds. Dillashaw (16-4) still owns his belt but ending up so definitely makes him a diminished champion.
Dillashaw will have the opportunity to change that perception if his conqueror has any chance.
"TJ, we can do it again," Cejudo said. "And this time we'll do it at 135 pounds, buddy."
A rooster title shot for the flyweight champion? After all, Cejudo may not be the savior of 125 pounds.