appears UFC bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo will have his way, because the UFC is looking to book a 135-pound title fight between him and Jose Aldo in May, consistent with president Dana White.
White confirmed the plans to ESPN on Friday, following an initial report by Brazilian news outlet Combate.
The bout still must be negotiated, but both Cejudo and Aldo have expressed interest within the matchup. The promotion is targeting the championship fight for UFC 250 on May 9 in Brazil.
The matchup may be a little unconventional therein Aldo (28-6), the previous featherweight champion, is coming off a split-decision loss to Marlon Moraes at UFC 245 in December. White, and a few other observers, felt Aldo deserved to win on the scorecards.
“I told you guys at the news conference then fight, this is often the fight Henry Cejudo wants,” White told ESPN. “I thought, personally, Jose Aldo won that fight, but either way, it had been that close. Jose wanted this fight. Cejudo wanted the fight. And who wouldn’t want to ascertain that fight?”
Cejudo (15-2) is one among the most well liked fighters within the world. the previous Olympic gold medalist in wrestling won the UFC’s 125-pound flyweight title in 2018 by defeating Demetrious Johnson. He then became a double champion in June by knocking out Moraes for the vacant belt at UFC 238.
Cejudo, who fights out of Arizona, has since vacated his flyweight title to specialise in his bantamweight reign. He has made it known he wants his first defense against Aldo.
Aldo (28-6) is really on a two-fight skid. before the loss to Moraes, he suffered a choice loss to current featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski in May.