Henry Cejudo secured a TKO stoppage over TJ Dillashaw at 32 seconds of the very first round, making it the fifth fastest victory in UFC title fight history.
Held at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York, this was the first UFC event of 2019 and also the first to broadcast on ESPN+.
The fight ending sequence came after Cejudo simply pushed Dillashaw down to the ground and caught him with a kick to the head as he was attempting to stand back up. This was followed up by a furious ground and pound with some smooth wrestling transitions to retain top position.
The referee stopped the fight at 32 seconds and, despite being flustered, Dillashaw was not happy about what he claimed to be an early stoppage.
TJ was verbally protesting the loss in the Octagon in the immediate aftermath of the fight, even mentioning something to Dana White as he was waiting to strap the newly designed championship belt around Cejudo’s waist.
Cejudo said that this fight was always bigger than him, that it was for all the flyweights. He also offered an irritated-looking TJ a rematch at bantamweight, to which he lifted his hands and said: “bring it”.
Dillashaw was gracious in defeat when he took to the mic post-fight, acknowledging what had caught him.
Earlier in the evening, #2 flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez (27-5-0) defeated Dustin Ortiz (19-8-0) by decision and called for a shot at the title. We will have to wait and see what Henry Cejudo‘s next step will be – defending his flyweight title or moving up to bantamweight for a super fight rematch.