There is a buzz in the air of the UFC Bantamweight division. This comes after some not-so-good news from TJ Dillashaw.
Following the decision from Dillashaw to vacate his belt, all the top contenders are chomping at the bit for a chance to fight for the belt. The general consensus is that the rightful contender to Dillashaw would have been Marlon Moraes. However, the question then becomes; who does Moraes face for the belt?
Several names have been thrown around, ranging from Aljamain Sterling, to Pedro Munhoz. However, the one that sticks out the most is UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo. Cejudo is coming off a 32-second knockout win over Dillashaw, in a Champ vs Champ bout. There was talk of a rematch happening between the two, at TJ’s weight of 135lbs.
Someone who has a lot to say about this is Marlon Moraes. The two traded shots on Twitter. It all started with a chat with Ariel Helwani, where Cejudo said that both the 135 and 125 pound divisions should be known as “the Cejudoweight divsion.” This sparked a response from Moraes, who later spoke to Helwani about the incident, saying to “Tell Cejudo to stay in his lane.” The contender went on to say that “If he is thinking about bringing his little ass up 135, he is in big trouble.”
This prompted a response from Cejudo, who brought up his own Olympic achievements, along with mockingly bringing up Moraes’ World Series of Fighting Championship.
I was the youngest Olympic gold medalist. I am the UFC flyweight champion and I just knocked out a PED user in 32 seconds. You think I’m afraid of a World Series of Fighting former champion? Lol https://t.co/cxlm6Xevg9
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) March 21, 2019
Moraes was quick to respond, reminding him to “stay humble,” followed by a jab at Cejudo’s attempts to get with WWE star Nikki Bella.
Stay humble my friend take care of your business I will take care of mine or You’ll strike out with me worse than you did with that WWE girl #bantamweightdivision
— Marlon Moraes (@MMARLONMORAES) March 21, 2019
Although it would potentially hold up two divisions, and does not quite make sense, it looks like this bout could be coming to an octagon near you soon.