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Poor Henry Cejudo. It sounds like Triple C won’t be adding a fourth championship to his resume. At least, not yet.

After moving up to 135 pounds and claiming the vacant bantamweight title, Cejudo immediately began making overtures towards the featherweight championship. However, according to UFC President Dana White, Cejudo has business to attend to back at flyweight before he can start thinking about other moves.

Speaking recently to TMZ Sports, White said that Cejudo’s next title defense will be of his flyweight belt, likely in a rematch with Joseph Benavidez.

“You’d have to look at Joe [Benavidez],”White said. “[At 135] I don’t know but next he should defend that title. He would go to 125, defend that title, then we would decide who he would fight next. As long as Cejudo is willing to defend both titles, I think he is a guy that can carry both of them, and by both of them I mean both divisions.”

Though for awhile it appeared the UFC was shuttering the flyweight division (at one point they cut so many flyweights that the division did not have enough fighters to fill out the 15-person rankings) sentiment seems to have changed about the division. The UFC has recently signed a number of flyweights and with White’s declaration that Benavidez deserves a shot, it seems Cejudo’s mission to save the 125-pound division was successful. Whether that’s something he’ll still be interested in though now that he has another title is another question entirely, especially when there’s a possible money fight awaiting him at 135 pounds.

Last weekend at UFC Sacramento, Urijah Faber came out of retirement and secured his first UFC knockout, stopping Ricky Simon in just 46 seconds. Afterwards, Faber called out Cejudo, a response to Cejudo mentioning his name after claiming the bantamweight title. But while White admits that Faber impressed him on Saturday, he’s not ready to say Faber will get the next title shot.

“He looked good,” White said. “Obviously not just who he beat but how he beat him and how he did it, he looked incredible in his home town that night. He was giving me sh*t after because I did say he was old. He looked good [but] I don’t know. Cejudo’s hurt so I’ve got to see what’s next for Henry Cejudo.

“You don’t know what fights you can make until everybody’s healthy and back. So we’ll see what happens with Henry Cejudo when he gets back.”

Cejudo is currently recovering from shoulder surgery and likely won’t be able to fight again until early 2020. And while that doesn’t sound like Faber is likely to get the next shot, opinions on fights can change rapidly and White also admitted that he wasn’t ruling anything out either.

“I don’t know. Listen, he proved to me that he wasn’t too old because he beat a real guy,” White said. “He beat a real guy in devastating fashion so he’s obviously not too old.

“We’ll see what happens.”


Results. Four fighters won contracts on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.

Reason. Dana White explains why he’s not willing to make Georges St-Pierre vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Charges. Abel Trujillo charged with sexual exploitation of a child, obscenity.

Title Shot. Germaine de Randamie: ‘It would be an honor’ to fight Amanda Nunes again.

Accusations. Ex-UFC fighter Ericka Almeida accuses ex-coach of assault.


Dana announcing Contender Series signings.

ONE feature on Eddie Alvarez.

Dana says Jorge isn’t getting Conor. Duh.

Dan Hooker UFC fight week.

Free fight.


Eurobash. Interviews with Germaine de Randamie, Myles Price, and Nicolas Dalby.

Mookie & Crookie. Discussing Pernell Whitaker, UFC Sacramento, and Jorge vs. Conor.


When Henry Cejudo and Urijah first met.

Sounds like Jon’s ready to get after Corey Anderson.


Stipe training with Myles Garret.

Khabib is bigger than Deron Winn. That’s freakin’ wild.

Fair point, Petr.

How many can you get?

Frankie with the ancient philosophy.

He’s back.


Kai-Kara France (19-7, 1 NC) vs. Mark De La Rosa (11-2); UFC Shenzen, Aug. 31.

Michael Page (14-1) vs. Richard Kiely (3-1); Bellator Dublin, Sept. 27.

John Phillips (21-9) vs. Alen Amedovski (8-1); UFC Copenhagen, Sept. 28.


I’m sorry but I just can’t make myself care about a Corey Anderson title shot. Or another one for Anthony Smith. Light heavyweight is just, not that interesting right now. Jon is gonna reign for 100 years.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.



Who will Henry Cejudo fight next?

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  • 80%
    Joseph Benavidez
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  • 11%
    Urijah Faber
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  • 4%
    Aljamain Sterling/Petr Yan
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    Max Holloway/Frankie Edgar
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