Henry Cejudo will get his shot at two-weight world champion status when he steps up to bantamweight to face in-form contender Marlon Moraes for the title.
Last week, the world of MMA was left in a collective state of shock and confusion after UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw released a statement revealing that he had been flagged by USADA following an adverse test-finding.
In the same statement, he announced that he would be vacating his UFC bantamweight title as a result.
TJ’s most recent outing saw him lose out by way of first-round TKO to the reigning, defending flyweight king Henry Cejudo and in the time since, there had been quite a lot of speculation linking them both to a rematch at 135lbs.
Now, with the belt no longer under his control, it appears as though the UFC are going to make good on their intention to allow Cejudo to move up in weight – booking him for a showdown against the former WSOF champ Marlon Moraes.
Moraes has been nothing short of sensational since joining the UFC – winning four on the trot with three finishes after narrowly losing his promotional debut against Raphael Assuncao – a fight he later rematched and won by first-round submission.
ESPN‘s Ariel Helwani reported the announcement – via the UFC – that both Cejudo and Moraes will fight for Dillashaw’s now-vacant title at UFC 238 on June 8.
UFC just announced that Marlon Moraes will fight Henry Cejudo for the vacant bantamweight title on June 8 in Chicago.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 27, 2019
It’s a very interesting fight on paper.
Moraes will no doubt have the size, but in recent times, we’ve seen an increasingly high number of fighters truly blossom upon stepping up in weight and forgoing the brutal strain on their bodies that comes with those fight-week cuts.
Cejudo now has back-to-back wins over Demetrious Johnson and TJ Dillashaw. If he can overcome the challenge that Moraes presents, there’ll be no doubt that he is among the top-5 fighters on the planet pound-for-pound.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena