UFC 249 Fight Preview: Henry Cejudo Vs. Dominick Cruz
Henry Cejudo makes his first bantamweight title defense against former long-time division champion Dominick Cruz Saturday at UFC 249.
The card takes place Saturday night from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, airing live on ESPN+ pay-per-view.
Cejudo and Cruz serves as the co-headline bout to Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje meeting for the interim UFC lightweight title.
The reigning UFC bantamweight champion, Henry Cejudo vacated his flyweight title to focus on being the king in this division.
Cejudo, a former U.S. Olympic gold medalist, has reeled off five consecutive wins since a loss to Joseph Benavidez. During that stretch, he has bested Demetrious Johnson and T.J. Dillashaw to cement his status as a pound-for-pound great.
Back in June, Cejudo claimed the bantamweight belt by stopping Marlon Moraes. This will be his first title defense.
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Before there was Cejudo, Dominick Cruz was considered one of the best to ever hold the bantamweight belt.
Cruz, who entered the UFC after a run as WEC champion, never lost his title during his first run. Injuries forced him to he sidelines and he was unable to return for an extended period.
After not competing for two years, Cruz returned in 2016 and won the title from T.J. Dillashaw, earning a defense over long-time rival Urijah Faber later that year.
Cruz lost for just the second time in 24 bouts when he fell to Cody Garbrandt, and has not competed since that UFC 207 bout in December 2016.
UFC 249 Fight Card
MAIN CARD (ESPN+ Pay-Per-View)
Interim UFC Lightweight Championship
Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje
UFC Bantamweight Championship
Henry Cejudo (c) vs. Dominick Cruz
Heavyweight: Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Featherweight: Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar
Heavyweight: Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan de Castro
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN)
Welterweight: Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis
Heavyweight: Alexey Oleinik vs. Fabricio Werdum
Strawweight: Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson
Middleweight: Uriah Hall vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+)
Welterweight: Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price
Featherweight: Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa
Light Heavyweight: Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey