There are more questions than answers when it comes to UFC 249, specifically when it comes to the UFC’s bantamweight division.
Following his TKO-win over Dominick Cruz to retain his UFC Bantamweight Title, Henry Cejudo announced his retirement in the middle of the octagon. The 33-year-old stated he has been working nonstop since he was a kid and it was time to go out on top. During the UFC 249 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White stated that Cejudo’s desire to leave has been going on for months, with the idea that he wants to be paid more.
With Cejudo out of the picture (for now), that leaves the UFC Bantamweight Title open for the taking. What should be done about the title? According to White, he already has plans in mind for a contender fight. Looking at the UFC’s bantamweight rankings, One of the choices to make is Petr Yan (#3) against anyone in the top five.
“It’s Petr Yan and somebody, White said. “We’ll get that one figured out and we’ll make a title fight next week for the vacant title, and probably do that fight as soon as possible.”
While White didn’t have an ideal opponent in mind, one fighter offered his services. Aljamain Sterling (#2), who has had an interest in facing Yan in the past, decided to speak out on what fight he believes should be made.
— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) May 10, 2020
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) May 10, 2020
As far as the now-former champion, Cejudo had a different idea. He recommends the UFC do a four-man tournament to determine the new champion. He named Yan, Sterling, Cory Sandhagen (#4), and either Jose Aldo or Marlon Moraes. Moraes is ranked number one in the rankings and lost to Cejudo for the vacant Bantamweight Title at UFC 238. His last fight was a win over Aldo, who was making his bantamweight debut at UFC 245.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 10, 2020
Who do you think should be fighting for the UFC Bantamweight Title?