Top Flyweight Insists Henry Cejudo Must Defend Title To Be ‘True Champion’

Jussier Formiga believes it’s his turn at the top of flyweight after his victory over Deiveson Figueiredo at last night’s UFC Nashville. Formiga stood in the center of the Octagon after his victory and called out champion Henry Cejudo for not defending the title. He picked up right where he left off when he spoke […]

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Jussier Formiga believes it’s his turn at the top of flyweight after his victory over Deiveson Figueiredo at last night’s UFC Nashville.

Formiga stood in the center of the Octagon after his victory and called out champion Henry Cejudo for not defending the title. He picked up right where he left off when he spoke to reporters backstage post-fight.

“I think it’s my turn, I’m the No. 1 contender,” Formiga said backstage (via MMA Junkie).

The 33-year-old has been close to a title shot in years past. However, key losses and bad timing have forced Formiga to climb the rankings several times. Despite putting the first loss on Figueiredo’s record, Formiga finds himself in the familiar position of waiting.

Last night, UFC President Dana White revealed that the plan is to have Cejudo move up to bantamweight to fight Marlon for the vacant UFC bantamweight title. This, of course, would leave all the flyweights, including Formiga, without a champion at the helm of the division.

White’s plan did include a rematch between Formiga and Joseph Benavidez on the same night of the 135-pound title fight. Essentially that fight would serve both as back-up for the title fight and a No. 1 flyweight contender bout. Formiga believes Cejudo is only moving up to make more money and a true champion would defend his belt.

“I think this thing Cejudo is doing, of fighting at 135, is more for him to make money,” Formiga said. “I think a true champion fights in their division. If he moves up to 135, I want to fight for the (interim) title, against whomever it is. With Benavidez or whomever it is.”

For now anyway, Formiga can enjoy his highest-profile victory to date. At best, he is just one win away from his dream of fighting for UFC gold.

“I feel very happy with a job well done,” Formiga said. “We did great training, a great camp for this. So I’m very happy I got this win against a top-5.”

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Jussier Formiga Feels Henry Cejudo’s Champ-Champ Effort Is Money Grab

Jussier Formiga made a statement at UFC Nashville, but it won’t be enough for him to get a crack at Henry Cejudo immediately. Last night (March 23), Formiga went one-on-one with Deiveson Figueiredo on the main card of UFC Nashville. While Figueir…

Jussier Formiga made a statement at UFC Nashville, but it won’t be enough for him to get a crack at Henry Cejudo immediately. Last night (March 23), Formiga went one-on-one with Deiveson Figueiredo on the main card of UFC Nashville. While Figueiredo was the favorite, Formiga certainly wasn’t viewed as an easy task. Formiga proved […]

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Dana White Targets Henry Cejudo vs. Marlon Moraes For UFC Bantamweight Title

Dana White targets a fight between UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes for the vacant UFC bantamweight title. The title is vacant due to TJ Dillashaw voluntarily relinquishing it due to a recent failed drug test showing up. Dillashaw had been suspended for one year and fined $10,000 by the New York State […]

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Dana White targets a fight between UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes for the vacant UFC bantamweight title.

The title is vacant due to TJ Dillashaw voluntarily relinquishing it due to a recent failed drug test showing up. Dillashaw had been suspended for one year and fined $10,000 by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) for failing a USADA drug test. The failed drug test came from his fight with Henry Cejudo.

White elaborated on his idea on Saturday night following the UFC Nashville event. This is where he hinted at his plans by throwing out Cejudo vs. Moraes for the title with Jussier Formiga and Joseph Benavidez serving as a backup in case either fighter can’t make the fight.

“They both want that fight really bad,” White told MMAJunkie. “It seems like a good fight to make with the whole Dillashaw thing now, and then you do (Formiga) versus Benavidez on the same card – anything goes wrong, one of them can step up and take the fight, and then the winner of that fight is the guaranteed No. 1 contender for the next (flyweight) shot.”

It makes sense as Cejudo is the latest fighter to beat Dillashaw while Moraes has emerged as the expected challenger for the bantamweight title. He’s fresh off a knockout win over Raphael Assuncao.

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Marlon Moraes vs. Henry Cejudo Expected to Determine New UFC Bantamweight Champion

With T.J. Dillashaw relinquishing the bantamweight title earlier this week, the UFC is moving towards a fight between Marlon Moraes and Henry Cejudo to determine a new 135-pound champion. That’s coming from UFC president Dana White, who announced the n…

With T.J. Dillashaw relinquishing the bantamweight title earlier this week, the UFC is moving towards a fight between Marlon Moraes and Henry Cejudo to determine a new 135-pound champion. That’s coming from UFC president Dana White, who announced the news on Saturday night following the UFC Fight Night card from Nashville. “I now have a […]

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Quote: Henry Cejudo Would Get ‘Smacked Up’ At 135

Henry Cejudo certainly has some thinking to do right now. The UFC flyweight champion was expected to jump up and challenge TJ Dillashaw for the 135-pound championship. However, due to Dillashaw’s recent issues with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the weight jump has lost a bit of its luster. Instead, Cejudo has the choice […]

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Henry Cejudo certainly has some thinking to do right now.

The UFC flyweight champion was expected to jump up and challenge TJ Dillashaw for the 135-pound championship. However, due to Dillashaw’s recent issues with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the weight jump has lost a bit of its luster.

Instead, Cejudo has the choice of, perhaps, competing for the vacant 135-pound belt, or defending his flyweight title. UFC bantamweight Aljamin Sterling believes “The Messenger” is better off staying at 125, unless he wants to get “smacked up” by the UFC’s bantamweights (via MMA Fighting):

“I look at Cejudo, he’s trying to swim with the big boys,” Sterling said. “He beat a depleted T.J. Dillashaw. Everyone advised T.J. not to cut that extra 10 pounds. If you look at him during that fight week, there was a picture where he had a whole table filled with, like, 20 bottles of supplements and pills.

“God knows what was in those pills and that was supposedly the way for him to get down safely to 125. I tell you, I cut down to 135, people think I’m huge for the weight, and I don’t take none of that shit. So he’s pumping himself up over beating a 125 T.J. Dillashaw.

“It’s not the same fighter. If he wants to come up and get smacked up by a couple of real big boys and swim with the sharks, he’s gonna want to go back running down to 125 real soon. … Let Cejudo come up. His wrestling’s only going to take him so far before the body weight and everything starts to play a factor.

“Honestly, I would like to be the guy to welcome him to this division. Welcome to 135, champ.”

Cejudo became the first man to defeat Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson at flyweight last summer. He followed that up with a huge title defense against TJ Dillashaw in January. Cejudo actually finished Dillashaw in the first round via TKO. Although the finish was a controversial one, it was still an impressive showing from Cejudo nonetheless.

Now, it remains to be seen what Cejudo decides to do next in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. If he does decide to jump up to bantamweight, however, it makes for some very interesting match-ups.

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Coach Prefers Henry Cejudo Rematch Joseph Benavidez, Forget Vacant Bantamweight Title

UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo has a lot of options for his next fight inside the Octagon. Initially, it was a foregone conclusion that “The Messenger” would challenge TJ Dillashaw for the 135-pound title next. However, with Dillashaw …

UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo has a lot of options for his next fight inside the Octagon. Initially, it was a foregone conclusion that “The Messenger” would challenge TJ Dillashaw for the 135-pound title next. However, with Dillashaw relinquishing the title due to a recent “adverse finding” in his drug test, plans have changed. Of […]

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