Moments after capturing the Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight title last month at UFC 227, Henry Cejudo called out the winner of the preceding bantamweight bout between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt. Dillashaw finished Garbrandt and accepted Cejudo’s challenge. Now that the dust has settled, Cejudo is full steam ahead in his pursuit of the “super fight.”
Cejudo talked to reporters backstage at UFC Fight Night 136 and believes Dillashaw and the UFC are down with the bout; it is just about negotiating the finer details including most importantly what weight class the fight will be competed at (via MMAjunkie):
“I believe (Dillashaw) wants to fight me, from what he has said to the media,” Cejudo told reporters. “The UFC wants the fight. Now it’s just time to negotiate and see what weight class we’re going to do it at.
“I felt like they had overlooked me with Demetrious Johnson, and they always tried to get the super fight with T.J. and D.J., and I’m just like, ‘You know what? I won. Give me the fight.’”
Cejudo beat Johnson at UFC 227 by the finest of margins in a split decision victory and says he’s keen for a trilogy bout with “Mighty Mouse,” however the former champion injured himself in the loss so until he’s back fit and ready, Cejudo wants to strike while the iron is hot and challenge Dillashaw.
“I feel like it’s deserving,” Cejudo said of a fight against Dillashaw. “Johnson can heal up, and I’ll fight him next.
“I’m not dodging Demetrious Johnson by any means. I want a ‘super fight.’ I want to make money, guys. I want to challenge myself, and I want it to be lucrative, man. I deserve it.
“A two-sport champ, 10 years in the making, and I think that has a lot of juice, too. Maybe I haven’t defended my belt 11 or 12 times. But God, man, what I’ve done, nobody has done. Give me some credit, a little bit. Let me take this fight with no problems.”