Dana White wants current men’s flyweight champion Henry Cejudo to fight Marlon Moraes for the promotions vacant bantamweight title.
The UFC President, White, laid out his plans for the promotions flyweight and bantamweight title picture during tonight’s UFC Nashville post-fight press conference.
“I now have a plan. I didn’t have a plan before but now I have a plan. You know it looks like we’re going to do, uh you know, the (Marlon) Moraes vs. (Henry) Cejudo fight. They both want that fight really bad. It seems like a good fight to make with the whole (TJ) Dillashaw thing now. Then you do Formiga vs. Benavidez on the same card and if anything goes wrong one of them can step up and take the fight. Then the winner of that fight (Formiga vs. Benavidez) is the guaranteed number one contender and gets to fight for the title in their next fight.”
Henry Cejudo shocked the world early this year in Brooklyn, when he needed less than a minute to defeat then-bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw.
Cejudo’s impressive knockout of Dillashaw served as his first career title defense and a future rematch with TJ seemed inevitable.
Sadly that all changed earlier this week when it was announced that Dillashaw had been flagged by USADA and was thus relinquishing his 135-pound strap.
Meanwhile, Marlon Moraes has been running through top tier opponents as of late, scoring stoppage wins over Raphael Assuncao, Aljamain Sterling and Jimmie Rivera in that time.
As for the men’s flyweight division, Dana White is looking to book UFC Nashville winner Jussier Formiga in a number one contenders bout with Joseph Benavidez next. The winner of that fight would then face Cejudo for the 125-strap at a later date.
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