Dana White Says Cejudo Must Defend Flyweight Title Against Benavidez or Be Stripped

By: Cole Shelton
Aug 21, 2019


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Henry Cejudo claim to “Triple C” may be winding down if he does not defend his flyweight title next. Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White told reporters after Tuesday’s Contender Series that “The Messenger” must defend the 125-pound title next against Joseph Benavidez.

“Right now, we have some things playing out at 135 pounds,” White declared. “What we’d like to see Cejudo do is defend his title against Benavidez. Benavidez is ready. It’s the right thing to do. If he can’t, then he needs to give up one of the belts.”

Benavidez, of course, has a win over Cejudo back in 2016 and is currently riding a three-fight winning streak. “The Messenger,” meanwhile, is on a five-fight winning streak, including four at flyweight while his last loss came to Benavidez.

Why White wants the flyweight belt defended first is simple. He says Benavidez is the clear No. 1 contender while a few more fights need to take place at bantamweight. Advertisement

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