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Midnight Mania! Henry Cejudo to lose Flyweight title, Joseph Benavidez vs. Deiveson Figueiredo likely for vacant belt

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Henry Cejudo is the latest man to achieve the incredible result of simultaneous two—division champion, but he’s also the most recent to be stripped of his title per The news was later confirmed by MMAJunkie, who also took a quote from “Triple C,” as the former Olympian argued that he was not stripped of the belt, “No, I am not being stripped. I am relinquishing my title. Correction! ‘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.”

Regardless of whether Cejudo was stripped or did indeed chose to step down, suddenly the Flyweight title is vacant. To that end, UFC will pit longtime contender Joseph Benavidez opposite knockout artist Deiveson Figueiredo, which is scheduled to headline UFC on ESPN+ 27 on Feb. 29, 2020 in Norfolk, Virginia.

Benavidez, who rides a three-fight win streak and holds a previous win over Cejudo, seemed next in line for a shot at “Triple C.” However, a shot at the vacant title is the next best option, and Figueiredo has certainly earned his position as well. The fiery Brazilian has won two straight and six of seven total bouts in the Octagon.

Given the high-action nature of both athletes, it should prove a tremendous scrap.


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