After T.J. Dillashaw relinquished his UFC bantamweight championship last week following an adverse USADA finding last week, the 135-pound division lay in a place of uncertainty for a few days.
But, as is so often the way with mixed martial arts, a week later and things already seem to be taking shape. And, what’s good for bantamweight could well be good for flyweight as well.
Speaking after UFC Nashville on Saturday, UFC president Dana White revealed on the ESPN+ post fight show that he had an idea in mind for both 135-pounds and 125-pounds going forward. And with the UFC’s flyweight division recently having an uncertain future, it sounds as if Dillashaw’s disappearance has thrown a lifeline to the lighter men.
“I now have a plan. I didn’t have a plan before, but I now have a plan,” White said. “It looks like we’re going to do the Moraes-Cejudo fight [for the 135-pound title]. They both want that fight really bad, seems like a good fight to make with the whole Dillashaw thing now. And then you do [Jussier Formiga] versus [Joseph] Benavidez on the same card. Anything goes wrong, one of them can step up and take the fight, and then the winner of that fight is the guaranteed No. 1 contender for the next shot.”