UFC Minneapolis: Jussier “Formiga” Plans to Secure Title Shot And “Sit”, Until Henry Cejudo Returns
By FCF Staff
Saturday’s contest between flyweight contenders Joseph Benavidez and Jussier “Formiga” is expected to hand the winner a title shot, and if the latter’s victorious, he’ll remain sidelined until a championship bout arrives.
Several weeks ago, UFC President Dana White announced that Benavidez – “Formiga” was going to serve as a title shot eliminator. That was before, however, flyweight champ Henry Cejudo won the bantamweight belt as well, and before the champ-champ was sidelined due to shoulder surgery.
While talking to the media recently about what’s on the line at UFC Minneapolis, “Formiga” (23-5) said this (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“It’s good that Cejudo got two belts, it brings more visibility to the division, but it’s not that great that I have to win and wait,” the Brazilian said. “If I win this fight on Saturday, I’m going to wait for my chance at the title shot.
“I’m beating Benavidez, I’m going to be the number one contender and I’m going to sit on it until Cejudo’s back.”
It’s still not completely clear whether Cejudo will indeed return to 125 to defend the flyweight title moving forward, even though White has said he plans to give the decorated wrestler that option.