The fight hasn’t been announced, but Cejudo, who was knocked out by reigning flyweight champ Johnson at UFC 197, thinks ‘Mighty Mouse’ wins by a ‘landslide’ if the UFC book Johnson vs. Dillashaw at the proposed weight class of 125 pounds.
“I have Demetrious by a landslide, to be honest with you,” Cejudo told Ariel Helwani on a recent edition of The MMA Hour, per MMA Fighting’s Dave Doyle.
Cejudo, a former Olympic gold medalist in Freestyle Wrestling, respects Dillashaw’s skills but thinks the two-time bantamweight champ might be underestimating the weight cut to 125.
“I think Demetrious’ speed, he’s intelligent, nothing to take away from T.J.,” Cejudo continued. “I’ve said it before, I think it’s just a weight issue. I think it’s T.J. getting down those extra 10 pounds and how he recovers the next day. I think that’s the biggest factor in that fight.”
‘The Messenger’ believes Dillashaw would have a much better chance against Johnson in his natural weight class of 135 pounds.
“I’ve talked to a lot of MMA guys that have gone down in weight class who are like, ‘I know what you’re talking about here,’” Cejudo said. “Making that extra 10 pounds is a big difference. Now, T.J. at 135 is a different game for Demetrious.”
According to Johnson, both he and Dillashaw are in negotiations to have their fight booked for the upcoming UFC 226 pay-per-view, which features a headlining heavyweight superfight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier on July 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.