UFC 292: Henry Cejudo and Marlon 'Chito' Vera to square off in Boston

Henry Cejudo, the former bantamweight champion, is eager to return to action swiftly.

Henry Cejudo in a file photo [Image-Twitter]
By Rohit Kohli | Jun 20, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Henry Cejudo, the former bantamweight champion, is eager to return to action swiftly. He is set to collide with Marlon “Chito” Vera at the highly anticipated UFC 292 event, taking place in Boston on August 19th.

The pairing of Henry Cejudo and Marlon “Chito” Vera was officially revealed by UFC President Dana White in an announcement made through ESPN on Monday. After a retirement period spanning three years, Cejudo made his comeback in May. However, his attempt to reclaim the 135-pound title ended in disappointment, as he suffered a split decision defeat to Aljamain Sterling.

Marlon Vera is eager to climb up the ladder

Eager to get back into the Octagon promptly, Cejudo expressed his desire for a swift return. However, his initial preference for an opponent, Merab Dvalishvili, was unable to oblige due to undergoing hand surgery. As a result, Dvalishvili would not be available until the fall, prompting Cejudo to explore other options.

As a result, Cejudo’s opponent for his upcoming fight will be Vera, and they will share the spotlight on the same night as Sterling’s title defense against Sean O’Malley, which serves as the main event.

Accepting the challenge, Vera embraces the opportunity to face Cejudo following his defeat to Cory Sandhagen in March, which marked the end of his four-fight winning streak. Notably, Vera had secured impressive victories over prominent fighters such as Dominick Cruz, Rob Font, and Frankie Edgar, steadily ascending the ranks of the bantamweight division prior to his setback.

In a highly anticipated showdown at UFC 292 in Boston, Vera aims to add Cejudo’s name to his list of conquests as they prepare to face off in a prominent matchup.

Henry Cejudo couldn’t stay from the game

Henry Cejudo’s retirement from the UFC came as a shock to many fans and the MMA community. Following a successful career that saw him become a two-division champion, Cejudo announced his retirement immediately after his victory over Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 in May 2020.

Cejudo’s decision to step away from the sport was unexpected, considering he was at the peak of his career and had just defended his bantamweight title against a highly regarded opponent. Throughout his career, Cejudo showcased exceptional skills in both wrestling and striking, earning him wins over some of the top fighters in his weight classes.

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