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Dillashaw to become two-weight champ? Get our UFC Fight Night betting tips

Leigh Copson 18 Jan 2019
TJ Dillashaw (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

UFC Fight Night predictions for Saturday, January 19. Will TJ Dillashaw become a two-weight world champion by dethroning flyweight champion Henry Cejudo in Brooklyn? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips for UFC UFC Fight Night.

Henry Cejudo v TJ Dillashaw

Trying to become a two-weight world champion seems to be the trending thing in the UFC. Since Conor McGregor became the first fighter to hold belts in two difference weight classes at the same time, we have seen two fighters bid to achieve the feat and both have been successful. Daniel Cormier sensationally knocked out Stipe Miocic to add the heavyweight title to his light-heavyweight belt last year, and on the final fight card of 2018 Amanda Nunes destroyed Cris Cyborg in less than a minute to become featherweight and bantamweight champion in the women’s ranks.

TJ Dillashaw will now look to become the fourth fighter to complete this achievement when he drops to flyweight on Saturday night, but can the bantamweight champion survive the weight cut and ensure champion Henry Cejudo is ‘one-and-done’ as king of the division?

Cejudo shocked the world when he ended Demetrious Johnson’s dominance of the weight class with a split decision win, avenging a 2016 loss to ‘Mighty Mouse’, and he could not have asked for a much tougher first defence than this meeting with Dillashaw, who stopped Cody Garbrandt inside a round to successfully defend his bantamweight title last time out. After all, Dillashaw has proven to be a deadly striker in the 135lb division in recent years, stopping his opponent in five of his last seven wins inside the Octagon.

If he is not weight-drained, it is hard to see how Cejudo will be able to live with Dillashaw in the stand-up game, so that means the flyweight champion simply has to get the fight to the mat. That will be easier said than done though – Dillashaw is great at feinting and switching up his stances in order to make it difficult to take him to the mat. Everything points to a Dillashaw victory here so as long as the weight cut goes well, I expect the challenger to become a two-weight champion in knockout fashion.

Greg Hardy v Allen Crowder

Former NFL star Greg Hardy’s mere presence on the card has caused plenty of controversy – he has a conviction for assaulting an ex-girlfriend and another fighter on the card was recently the victim of an assault at the hands of her husband – but the UFC have not bowed to pressure to remove him from the card and they will be hoping for a big performance from Hardy in his ‘big-time’ debut.

The former Dallas Cowboy has gone 3-0 since turning professional, with two of his wins coming on ‘Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender’ series, and all three of his victories have come via strikes in the first round. In Allen Crowder he is now facing a man who already has three KO/TKO defeats on his record, so it goes without saying that this is a fight that has been wisely put together as the UFC looks to build up some momentum for Hardy. The ex-American Football standout should blast through Crowder here and he should do it inside a round.

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