Henry Cejudo is no longer the UFC Flyweight Champion, opening up the division for more exciting title fights.
The fighter said that he’d voluntarily relinquished the title, responding to early reports saying that the UFC had stripped him of it.
“I am not being stripped. I am relinquishing my title. … ‘Triple C’ is relinquishing his title to these wannabe, so-called flyweight kingpins. That’s what’s going on. I’m relinquishing my belt. Being stripped is not what I’m doing. I’m relinquishing, and you can tell them all to bend the knee,” Cejudo told MMA Junkie in an interview.
The flyweight title was one of two championships that belonged to Cejudo in the UFC; he will remain the bantamweight champion for the promotion.
With the title now opened up, Joseph Benavidez and Deiveson Figueiredo will go head-to-head at UFC Norfolk on February 29 of 2020. Benavidez, who has won his last two fights, was the last person to defeat Cejudo, their fight taking place in the TUF 24 finale — Benavidez got the victory via split decision. He has been calling for Cejudo to stop holding up the flyweight division, and now, he’s gotten his wish.