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Thursday, Feb 13, 2020

Jussier Formiga Believes Henry Cejudo Could Return to 125 in The Future

Henry Cejudo (photo via UFC)

By FCF Staff

Henry Cejudo ended up relinquishing the UFC’s flyweight title and is focused on defending the bantamweight belt next. But, Jussier Formiga isn’t certain we’ve seen the last of Cejudo at 125 yet.

After Cejudo won the 135 title last June by stopping Marlon Moraes, the decorated wrestler only called out bantamweight contenders. More recently, Cejudo announced that he was dropping the flyweight belt and Joseph Benavidez will battle Deiveson Figueiredo for the vacant title on February 29th.

Formiga spoke with MMA Fighting recently, and while discussing Cejudo’s future, he said this:

“Cejudo won two belts and had that shoulder surgery, but no one knew where he would fight next. It always felt like he was aiming more at bantamweights, (and) he never mentioned (Joseph) Benavidez, or any other flyweight. So he had other plans. He’s the bantamweight champion now and has to do whatever it takes to defend that belt.”

“He (Cejudo) kept talking about wanting a big fight, calling for (Jose) Aldo, and he forgot his roots, (and) the flyweight division where he won his first title,” Formiga said. “I think he might decide to come back down in the future, because 135 is full of tough fighters. I don’t know how he’ll do there. Let’s see what happens.”

Formiga, who lost to Cejudo by split decision in 2015, is booked to fight Brandon Moreno at UFC Brasilia, March 14th.

posted by FCF Staff @ 7:30 am
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