UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw will move down in weight to challenge flyweight champion Henry Cejudo at UFC 233 on Jan. 26, according to multiple sources.
The 125-pound title fight will take place inside Anaheim’s Honda Center.
Dillashaw will attempt to become the sixth male two-weight champ in UFC history, joining Randy Couture, BJ Penn, Conor McGregor, Georges St-Pierre and Daniel Cormier.
Fighting out of Los Angeles, Dillashaw (16-3) has campaigned for the opportunity to move down in weight for the better part of a year. The UFC explored a potential flyweight title bout between Dillashaw and former champion Demetrious Johnson this year, but it failed to materialize.
Cejudo (13-2) dethroned Johnson via split decision at UFC 227 in August. The upset victory ended Johnson’s record-breaking title reign of 11 consecutive defenses. Johnson has since left the UFC to compete in Asia-based promotion One Championship.
A U.S. Olympic gold medalist in wrestling, Cejudo avenged a prior loss to Johnson from April 2016. He immediately expressed interest in facing Dillashaw, although it was always uncertain what weight they would meet at.
Several flyweights publicly announced their sudden release from the UFC earlier this week, casting doubt on the future of the division. By Thursday night, it was unclear whether the UFC 233 champion vs. champion title fight would be the final 125-pound championship bout the UFC promotes.
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