What Henry Cejudo wants, Henry Cejudo gets. The UFC told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that “Triple C” will defend his UFC Bantamweight Title against Jose Aldo at UFC 250 in Brazil.
Back in early January, talks were heating up between Cejudo and Aldo after the champion started calling out Aldo on social media. Negotiations were ongoing while a number of bantamweight contenders were making their case for a title opportunity. Cejudo has yet to defend the title since beating Marlon Moraes for it back at UFC 238 in June.
An Olympic medalist in wrestling, Cejudo (15-2) was 6-2 as a flyweight, losing to then-champion Demetrious Johnson in 2016 before beating him in 2018 at UFC 227 for the title. Controversial for the scoring, Cejudo then moved on to defended the title against T.J. Dillashaw back in January 2019. After beating Dillashaw, the then-Bantamweight Champion, Cejudo won the vacant title after Dillashaw testing positive for EPO. Cejudo has since been recovering from surgery.
Cejudo has relinquished his Flyweight Title to focus on the bantamweight division. Other opponents to consider prior to this announcement were Aljamain Sterling, Petr Yan and Corey Sandhagen.
Aldo (28-3) made his bantamweight debut at UFC 245 in December, losing to Marlin Moraes via split decision. It was a close bout that many people, including Dana White, thought Aldo had won. The longest-reigning Featherweight Champion, Aldo was finally beaten in the UFC by Conor McGregor at UFC 194, ending an 18-fight win streak. Aldo is currently on a two-fight losing streak and is 2-4 in his last six fights.
UFC 250 takes place inside Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo on May 9.