Pivotal flyweight bout between Cejudo and Pettis confirmed for UFC 218

Pivotal flyweight bout between Cejudo and Pettis confirmed for UFC 218

The two top flyweight contenders will meet at the UFC’s return to Detroit.

By John Balfe - 29 Sep 2017

A bout which will have implications at the top of the flyweight division has been booked for the UFC’s return to Detroit for UFC 218.

Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo will face Sergio Pettis on the December 2nd card, with the winner a likely candidate for the next title shot at 125-pounds once the dust settles from the impending title bout between Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg.

News of the bout was first reported by MMAFighting and was confirmed by Cejudo on social media shortly after.

Cejudo and Pettis had previously been slated to face each other at UFC 211 but Cejudo was forced to withdraw, citing a hand injury.

Cejudo rebounded from losses at the hands of Johnson and Joseph Benavidez with a second round stoppage win against Wilson Reis at UFC 215 earlier this month. A win over the talented Pettis would likely place Cejudo back in the title contention in a division crying out for contenders to challenge the dominance of champion Demetrious Johnson.

Cejudo faced Johnson for the title in April of last year, losing via strikes in the first round in what was the first defeat of his professional career.

Pettis, whose brother Anthony has already held UFC gold, has won four straight at 125-pounds since a loss to Ryan Benoit at UFC 185 in March of 2015. Two of those victories came against fighters who have previously challenged for the flyweight title.

UFC 218 takes place on December 2nd from the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.