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Henry Cejudo stripped of UFC Flyweight Championship belt; Joseph Benavidez, Deiveson Figueiredo to compete for vacant title in 2020: Report

Henry Cejudo

Henry Cejudo

Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo, 32, of Phoenix, Arizona, United States is no longer a two-division champion. The Ultimate Fighting Championship reportedly stripped him of his championship title in the flyweight division.

If the reports are correct, Cejudo is now just the reigning UFC Bantamweight Champion. For the vacant UFC Flyweight Championship title, Joseph Benavidez, 35, of Sacramento, California, USA and Deiveson “Daico” Figueiredo, 32, of Soure, Para, Brazil are said to be competing for the belt at “UFC Fight Night 169” at the Chartway Arena in Norfolk, Virginia, USA on February 29, 2020.

Cejudo currently holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 15 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Figueiredo has 17 wins and 1 loss while Benavidez has 28 wins and 5 losses.

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On December 3, 2016, Benavidez and Cejudo competed in the finale of “The Ultimate Fighter 24” at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The latter lost via split decision.

Benavidez and former UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 33, of Kirkland, Washington, USA were the only two fighter who defeated Cejudo in a professional MMA bout. On April 23, 2016, Cejudo was knocked out by Johnson via knees to the body at “UFC 197” at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

 

On August 4, 2018, Johnson and Cejudo had their rematch at “UFC 227” at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The latter won via split decision and claimed the UFC Flyweight Championship belt.

On June 8, 2019, Cejudo and Marlon “Magic” Moraes, 31, of Toms River, New Jersey, USA competed for the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship title. The former knocked out the latter in the third round.

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