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UFC Fight Night 143 Preview: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw - Early Preliminary Card

UFC 227 Dillashaw v Garbrandt 2
UFC 227 Dillashaw v Garbrandt 2

UFC Fight Night 143: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw is the first such UFC event set to take place on ESPN for their five-year new contract which came into effect in 2019.

The show will be broadcast on ESPN's digital partner, ESPN+.

The pay-per-view is set to be headlined by a huge fight with more than just title implications. With talk of UFC shutting down the UFC Flyweight Division, this might be their way of doing exactly that.

The UFC Bantamweight Champion, TJ Dillashaw, is one of the most dominant fighters in the UFC of late, and according to him, the UFC is paying him well to cut weight so that he can fight in the UFC Flyweight Division.

The Champion will challenge UFC Flyweight Champion, Henry Cejudo. If Dillashaw wins, he will be the third man and fourth fighter overall to hold two titles of two divisions simultaneously. There is also no saying what a win by TJ Dillashaw will mean for the future of the UFC Flyweight Division.

The card is huge, and the cancellation of the UFC 233 pay-per-view has only resulted in bolstering the cards of the events around January.


#1 Dennis Bermudez vs. Te'Jovan Edwards

Te'Jovan Edwards
Te'Jovan Edwards

Dennis Bermudez is in the midst of a huge losing streak. Since his loss to the Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung, his luck has not led to anything good for him.

In fact, some would say that Bermudez has been on a downward spiral, as he has lost in 3 Split Decision losses in a row, with him losing to Darren Elkins, Andre Fili, and Rick Glenn. He is in desperate need for a win, going up against the young prospect in the UFC, Te'Jovan Edwards.

Edwards lost his first fight in the UFC as well, but this will be his opportunity to see if he can do better.

#2 Belal Muhammad vs. Geoff Neal

UFC Fight Night: Werdum v Tybura
UFC Fight Night: Werdum v Tybura

Belal Muhammad might have made a slow start in his career in the UFC with two losses and one win, but since then he has made his mark in the UFC. With a current four-fight win streak going at the moment, it does not appear that he can do anything wrong.

His opponent, Geoff Neal has also proved himself and is coming into the fight on the back of a four-fight win streak of his own. Given that both men are heading into this fight, either could be the one to win at the moment.


#3 Randy Brown vs. Chance Rencountre

UFC 217: Brown v Gall
UFC 217: Brown v Gall

Randy Brown's recent record may be nothing to write home about, with two losses in his last three fights, but that is exactly what he is looking to improve heading into this fight. He will face Chance Rencountre, a fighter who has had his own share of problems after losing in his debut fight in the UFC Fight Night to Belal Muhammad.

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Edited by Riju Dasgupta
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