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Henry Cejudo feels ‘dirty’ even addressing T.J. Dillashaw, shuts down rematch when he returns

Henry Cejudo already holds a win over T.J. Dillashaw. In his mind, once is enough.

The 2008 Olympic gold medalist defeated Dillashaw to win the flyweight title in 2019, and he was supposed to face him again in an immediate rematch with the 135-pound belt on the line. The fight never happened, because Dillashaw tested positive for recombinant human erythropoietin — better known as EPO — and he was forced to relinquish his title before facing a two-year suspension from the sport.

Dillashaw’s mandatory time off will come to an end in early 2021, and he’s stated publicly that the UFC has told him an immediate title shot awaits him.

Despite whatever promise may have been made, Cejudo says he has no intention of revisiting his rivalry with Dillashaw after he got busted cheating during their first fight.

“People will never know until you’re cheated on,” Cejudo said when speaking to MMA Fighting on Thursday. “It’s an honor to fight somebody in the octagon. I don’t know. I almost feel embarrassed, like I feel dirty even talking about T.J. I don’t think there’s anything in my heart that I even want to fight that dude. I really don’t.

“You shake hands with somebody and you guys go out there and compete, and the next thing you know he’s on some sh*t. EPO so you can’t get tired, the same thing that Lance Armstrong was on. I don’t even think I ever want to fight that dude like ever again. I truly mean that.”

It took Cejudo only 32 seconds to dispatch Dillashaw the last time they met in 2018. That was the first and only time Dillashaw made the move down to 125 pounds and

Following his suspension, Dillashaw publicly apologized for his wrongdoing, but Cejudo doesn’t seem all that interested in hearing why he cheated after getting caught.

With a title fight against Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 on Saturday night and ambitious plans to face opponents like Jose Aldo and Alexander Volkanovski down the road, Cejudo has plenty to keep him busy without ever seeing Dillashaw standing across the cage from him again.

“He’s got to get his mind right,” Cejudo said. “He’s got to be fair. He’s got to go through the line. Who knows how long he’s been doing this for. It’s unfortunate, but that’s just what I feel deep inside, what ‘Triple C’ feels deep inside.

“I don’t even know if I could stand next to him and do a stare down. It’s false. I feel weird saying all those bad things but you’re asking me so I’m going to tell you how I feel and that’s how I feel.”

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