“Triple C” will attempt to make a once-dominant ex-champ bend the knee.
Former two-division champ and current bantamweight titleholder Henry Cejudo will face ex-featherweight champ at UFC 250, which takes place May 9 in Sao Paulo. The news was first confirmed by UFC broadcast partner ESPN.com after Combate reported it was in the works to serve as the pay-per-view event’s headliner. A person with knowledge of the booking also confirmed the pending matchup to MMA Fighting.
UFC 250 takes place at Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Breaking: UFC bantamweight champ Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo), aka Triple C, will defend his title against featherweight GOAT Jose Aldo (@josealdojunior) at UFC 250 on May 19 in São Paulo, Brazil, per Dana White and additional sources. pic.twitter.com/PkYq4Xy4oS— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) February 24, 2020
Cejudo called for a matchup with Aldo following the ex-champ’s debut at bantamweight, which came at UFC 245 and ended in a controversial decision loss to Marlon Moraes, whom Cejudo defeated to capture the bantamweight title.
Despite loud protests from contenders within the bantamweight division, Cejudo was able to get the matchup with Aldo after relinquishing the flyweight title, which will go to a new champion on Saturday when Joseph Benavidez faces Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC Norfolk.
A shoulder injury delayed Cejudo’s return to the octagon, and the former champ-champ was coy about his plans for defending his dual titles. After giving up the flyweight belt, he narrowed in on Aldo, whose move to bantamweight came after a 2-3 run in the featherweight division he once reigned.
The Brazilian’s physical appearance caused much concern prior to his fight with Moraes. But he successfully made weight and kept the onetime title challenger on his heels throughout the bout, leading many MMA observers to conclude he was the rightful winner.
Cejudo hasn’t fought since his title-winning fight against Moraes, which came in June 2019 at UFC 238.