Henry Cejudo Scheduled To Face Merab Dvalishvili At UFC 298 In February

February 2024 just got even more interesting, as it now seems that Henry Cejudo will square off with Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 298.

Given that Dvalishvili is ranked number two and Cejudo currently sits at number three, the bout is likely to determine the next 135-pound title challenger. Next after Sean O’Malley puts his belt on the line versus Marlon Vera at UFC 299 in March, of course.

While the news surrounding this match has now been confirmed by multiple sources, it was originally announced on Sunday in a short upload to Henry Cejudo’s YouTube Channel.

“This fight’s going to decide who’s actually going to fight eventually the winner of Chito Vera versus Sean O’Malley,” Cejudo said. “I’m excited. I’m not sure if we’re going to co-headline this fight with Ilia Topuria and Alexander Volkanovski but either way this fight is absolutely going to be bonkers.”

h/t MMAFighting.com

Back in May 2020, Cejudo decided to retire from the sports, calling an end to his illustrious career in which he held both the Flyweight and Bantamweight UFC Titles. Almost three years later to the day, Cejudo came out of retirement and returned to the octagon to challenge the bantamweight champion at the time, Aljamain Sterling.

Cejudo would fall short in his return to action by way of a narrow split decision after five rounds. Despite the loss, the former double-champ displayed that he still has what it takes to hang with the best the division has to offer, even after a three-year lay-off.

Successful in his last nine fights, Dvalishvili is most recently coming off a significant victory over Petr Yan back in March. The Georgian has also defeated big names in the sport such as José Aldo and Marlon Moraes, but Cejudo is his most noteworthy opponent so far, and could be his most challenging as well.

“I give him respect and I give all my opponents respect, especially Henry Cejudo,” Dvailishvili said when addressing the matchup during the UFC Vegas 83 post fight show. “He’s the greatest champion, he was after [Aljamain Sterling] beat him. I’m excited. This is going to be a big test for me. Even if I feel I don’t need the test anymore.

“I have a nine fight win streak and I beat whoever they give me, whoever they put in front of me. I think I deserve to fight for a title fight but they give me another test in Henry Cejudo. I’m thankful. I have to do my best. I have to beat him and I have to earn it again, the title fight, and hopefully this time I will fight for the title and whoever will be the winner of Chito Vera and Sean O’Malley I will fight next. ”

h/t MMAFighting.com

Cejudo vs. Dvalishvili is scheduled for February 17th at UFC 298 in Anaheim, California. The card will be headlined by the highly anticipated featherweight title match between Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria.

 

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