The UFC is going back into the Honda Center in Anaheim, California in late January to get UFC 233 with present bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw dropping down to undertake current flyweight champion Henry”The Messenger” Cejudo at the main event. Dillashaw seems to put a stop to this flyweight division and he’s a -190 favorite with Cejudo coming back at +155.
Odds Analysis
This is actually the fourth time in Cejudo’s nine-fight profession in the UFC that he has been an underdog and he is only 1-2 in the past three bouts. However, that one victory came from arguably one of the very best pound-for-pound fighters in UFC history in Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227. Meanwhile, Dillashaw has been preferred in five of his past six scraps and is riding a four-fight winning streak, such as back-to-back victories over Cody Garbrandt, the first of that he had been an underdog for. This is a timeless grappler vs striker matchup, which tends to favor the grappler if history tells us anything, yet it is Cejudo, the grappler, who is the dog from the bout.
Breaking down Henry Cejudo vs T.J. Dillashaw
Dillashaw (-190) is a spectacular striker who has incredible hands and great footwork. The 32-year-old averages 5.38 significant strikes a while when consuming only 2.94 considerable strikes per second, protecting 66 percentage of strikes against. It isn’t death by a million cuts by Dillashaw, as he will put one to sleep, with half of his 16 professional wins coming via T/KO. Not only does the California native possess fantastic striking skills, but he stuffs 86 percent 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 inside the Octagon and has several takedowns in five of those bits. As is true with the majority of wrestlers, Cejudo has exceptional cardio and can keep up a frenetic pace for the whole period of a full five-round bout. The California native has definitely enhanced his striking throughout his career and that has been on full display when he knocked out Wilson Reis in UFC 215.
This may be the highest level of talent colliding in the lower weight class branches. The matchmakers couldn’t have asked for a better clash of styles as you have a striker that has been able to bully his rivals, carrying on an Olympic-level wrestler. Dillashaw are the larger man when the two enter the Octagon, but we have never seen him at 125 lbs and could cutting that additional 10 pounds out of 135 leave him depleted and not as powerful? Meanwhile, if Cejudo is not able to drag Dillashaw into the mat, is he able to survive the elite-level striking? Regardless of the outcome, we are in for a treat at UFC 233.

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