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Jimmie Rivera Says T. J. Dillashaw’s Flyweight Fight is Holding Up the Bantamweight Division

January 21, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Jimmie Rivera

Jimmie Rivera spoke with MMAjunkie for a new interview and discussed the state of the bantamweight division. Highlights are below:

On the bantamweight title picture: “I feel like the Assuncao and Marlon fight is the No. 1 contender fight, but you really don’t know what’s going to happen. You kind of just have to roll with the punches and see what they say.”

On TJ Dillashaw moving down a division for his fight with Henry Cejudo: “I think it’s holding up (the division) for some of the guys who deserve a (title) fight, like Assuncao or Marlon. I think it’s holding up them, but they’re already going to fight each other again and rematch each other. I think Assuncao was really the No. 1 contender coming out of everything. But (Dillashaw) is dropping down, doing something for his legacy. I can’t blame him. If I was in his shoes I would do the same thing.”

On possible fights against flyweights who move up: “If they come up, we’ll fight them. Coming up a weight class is always harder than going down a weight class, to be honest with you. Coming up, there’s a lot bigger boys to be dealing with. It should be interesting. But I don’t think there’s going to be that many staying, depending on what happens tonight, probably will say the future of the flyweight division. I honestly think, either way, whoever wins, it’s the end of the division itself.”