Cejudo May Lose Triple C Status
Since winning the bantamweight title earlier this year, Henry Cejudo has given him the nickname of “Triple C” due to winning an Olympic gold medal, the UFC flyweight title, and the aforementioned 135-pound title.
Yet, Cejudo may lose that “Triple C” status is he decides to negate the UFC’s plans for him to defend his flyweight title against Joseph Benavidez.
“Right now, we have some things playing out at 135 pounds,” White told reporters following this week’s Tuesday Night Contender Series event. “What we’d like to see Cejudo do is defend his title against Benavidez.
“Benavidez is ready. It’s the right thing to do. If he can’t, then he needs to give up one of the belts.”
Cejudo is eyeing a return to the Octagon in January due to an injury he suffered when gaining the bantamweight crown at UFC 238, and Benavidez is the most likely challenger due to a lack of clarity at bantamweight.
“We’re playing some things out to see who’s going to be the next challenger at ’35,” White said. “Benavidez is ready to go. He deserves it, and he’s got a win over Cejudo.”