Henry Cejudo will be looking to earn his first bantamweight title defense when he takes on former division champion Dominick Cruz in the co-main event of UFC 249.
Following his victory over ‘Magic’, Henry Cejudo was slated to defend his newly acquired bantamweight title against former featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo at UFC 250. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Aldo was forced to remain in Brazil and the title fight with Cejudo was called off.
Now, in a attempt to keep business going, the UFC has scheduled Henry Cejudo to defend his title against former division champion and fellow American Dominick Cruz.
‘The Dominator’ has not competed in over 3 years, this since surrendering his title to Cody Garbrandt via unanimous decision at UFC 207 in December of 2016.
Despite Cruz’s long layoff, Henry Cejudo does not seem to be taking the California native lightly.
‘Triple C’ shared the following photo on social media showing his extraordinary 12 week evolution for UFC 249.
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) May 2, 2020
“I really don’t know the difference between being in camp or Covid-19 quarantine. But I will say this, I’m out to seek and destroy!”
Prior to his lopsided decision setback to ‘No Love’ at UFC 207, Dominick Cruz was riding a super impressive thirteen-fight win streak.
During that stretch, ‘The Dominator’ scored notable wins over Ian McCall, Joseph Benavidez, Brian Bowles, Urijah Faber, Demetrious Johnson and TJ Dillashaw.
Meanwhile, Henry Cejudo (15-2 MMA) is currently riding a five-fight win streak, his latest being the aforementioned TKO victory over Marlon Moraes.
Cejudo’s most recent defeat came back in December of 2016, where he suffered a razor close split-decision loss to Joseph Benavidez.
Who are you picking to emerge victorious when Henry Cejudo and Dominick Cruz collide in the co-main event of UFC 249 next weekend? Share your predictions in the comments section PENN Nation!
This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on May 2, 2020