Henry Cejudo appears to have his first bantamweight title defense set as he will take on Jose Aldo at UFC 250.
Combate is reporting the bout is also expected to be the main event of UFC 250 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This has also been a fight Cejudo has wanted ever since the Brazilian legend made his bantamweight debut.
“So upon my return, I really did want to fight Dominick Cruz but I thought about it and he’s too brittle. If I was to tell Dominick Cruz to bend the knee, he’d pop his damn neck out,” Cejudo said in a recent Twitter video. “But actually I’m not here to talk about Dominick. I’m here to talk about Jose “Waldo.”
“I want to give him a clap at his last performance because a lot of people thought he won. I want to congratulate him because now he’s part of the Henry Cejudo sweepstakes. But, it’s under my terms. I want to fight him in my city. Rio de Janeiro. Daddy’s coming home. Dana White, let’s sign that contract.”
Henry Cejudo is coming off of a TKO win over Marlon Moraes back at UFC 238 to win the vacant bantamweight title. Before that, he had the knockout win over T.J. Dillashaw in under a minute at UFC Brooklyn for his first flyweight title defense. Back at UFC 227, he dethroned Demetrious Johnson to win the title.
Jose Aldo meanwhile, is on a two-fight losing streak and is 0-1 at bantamweight after dropping a decision to Marlon Moraes. But, he is still getting a title shot. He is currently ranked eight at bantamweight and is just 3-5 in his last eight fights.
There is no question there are more viable options than Jose Aldo like Aljamain Sterling, Petr Yan, or Cory Sandhagen. But, the UFC decided to go with the big name in Aldo in his home country of Brazil for another shot at UFC gold.