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TJ Dillashaw’s Manager Wants Him to Have a Rematch With Henry Cejudo

January 22, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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MMAjunkie Radio recently interviewed Tiki Ghosn, the manager of UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. Ghosn made his case for Dillashaw getting a rematch with Henry Cejudo after the main event at UFC on ESPN+ 1. Champion Henry Cejudo won the main event title bout for the flyweight belt just over 30 seconds into the first round. Ghosn argued that it was an early stoppage. Below are some highlights.

Ghosn on wanting a rematch: “I think it definitely needs to be run back. It needs to be run back at whatever weight – it just needs to happen again.”

Ghosn on the ending being unfortunate: “The whole thing is unfortunate – it sucks – and that’s not to take anything away from Cejudo. Being a fighter, I know what these guys go through. I know they’re both prepared and trained their asses off for it. And if it was the flipside, too, and it was the other way around, it would suck. The whole thing’s unfortunate. As a fighter, you want to go until you can’t possibly go anymore. If it was one of those situations where he was knocked out cold, laying on the floor, there wouldn’t be any controversy. The controversial part of this is that they were still in the scramble. Yes, T.J. was in bad position and he had an Olympic wrestler on top of him. But this is MMA and T.J. scrambled out of some bad situations like that, like when he fought Cody (Garbrandt the first time). He came back and finished him.”

His thoughts on the stoppage: “I think it was a bad stoppage. It’s unfortunate, but that is the game we play.”

Ghosn on the fight happening at flyweight: “Here’s the question, and here’s the challenge: If Henry wants to save the 125 division, then I think the rematch needs to happen at 125. You could say (he already saved the division), except for the controversial stoppage. There are two ways to look at it: Did Henry Cejudo earn his chance to become a double champ? Yeah, I think he did. But it just comes down to what (Cejudo) wants to do moving forward. What are they going to do with the 125-pound division? That’s the catch.”

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