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5 reasons to watch UFC Fight Night 143: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw

Scott Newman
SENIOR ANALYST
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1.11K   //    19 Jan 2019, 03:35 IST

A superfight between Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw headlines Saturday's card
A superfight between Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw headlines Saturday's card

The UFC makes its debut on the ESPN networks this weekend with Fight Night 143: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw. The main card will be shown on the ESPN+ streaming service, while the preliminary fights will be the first live UFC fights to take place on the ESPN television network proper.

For a free-TV show (of sorts, ESPN+ is a subscription service) it’s a pretty solid card, with a huge main event and plenty of interest on the undercard, including a controversial debut, the return of a genuine legend, and some big tests for some of the UFC’s best prospects.

Here are 5 reasons to watch UFC Fight Night 143: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw.

#1 The main event is a rare champion vs. champion fight

Cejudo vs. Dillashaw marks the UFC's 6th champion vs. champion fight
Cejudo vs. Dillashaw marks the UFC's 6th champion vs. champion fight

While champion vs. champion superfights have become more commonplace in the UFC over the last couple of years, they’re still a relatively rare thing. After all, there have only ever been 4 in the history of the promotion – and so the fact that the main event -Flyweight champ Henry Cejudo vs. Bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw, with Cejudo’s belt on the line - is a bonafide superfight means the show is automatically worth watching.

Plus, the fight should be fantastic to watch. Dillashaw’s combination-based striking game always makes for phenomenal action inside the cage, and the question of how he deals with Cejudo’s Olympic-level wrestling and karate-style striking is a huge one that needs answering. Assuming both men are healthy following Dillashaw’s drastic weight cut, we could be in for a classic.

Throw in the angle that some people are taking – that the actual future of the Flyweight division is at stake here, with the UFC considering folding it if Dillashaw were to win – and the stakes become even higher. Flyweight title fights involving Demetrious Johnson were always interesting, but this one is simply on another level. It’s can’t miss stuff.

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