While most mixed martial arts (MMA) fans wanted to see Henry Cejudo compete against top-ranked Flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez next, it appears Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) wants to give the wrestling Olympic gold medalist (2008) a little more time.
But, he isn't about to get a tune-up fight against a 125-pound "can," either.
On the contrary, Cejudo (No. 5) will collide with No. 3-ranked Jussier Formiga at UFC Fight Night 78, which will take place inside Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, on Nov. 21, 2015. UFC officials announced the potential No. 1 contender eliminator match on Monday night.
Cejudo is undefeated in his professional MMA career (9-0), but has been plagued by weight-cutting issues since he arrived on the UFC scene. He now appears to have them under control, boasting back-to-back wins over Chico Camus and Chris Cariaso after a forced stint to Bantamweight to beat Dustin Kimura.
Formiga, highly-touted when the division was first introduced, struggled early in his Octagon tenure, losing his first two of three appearances via technical knockout. However, those losses came to the two-best fighters in the division, reigning champion Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson.
The Brazilian has since reeled off three straight impressive wins over Scott Jorgensen, Zach Makovsky and Wilson Reis.
UFC Fight Night 78, which also features the live Finale of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Latin America 2," is headlined by a Welterweight showdown between Kelvin Gastelum against Matt Brown, while Diego Sanchez makes his Featherweight debut against for division title challenger, Ricardo Lamas.