Dillashaw announced on Tuesday he has relinquished the bantamweight title when informed of a potential good drug test following his loss into Henry Cejudo at January. That finding impacts the future of the weight classes since Dillashaw and Cejudo were trying to get an immediate re match at 135 pounds.
Figueiredo hoped a triumph over No. 1 ranked flyweight Formiga on Saturday will convince the UFC to book him against Cejudo for the 125-pound championship next. Figueiredo is 4-0 under the UFC banner ad using three stoppage wins, even while Formiga moves the Octagon riding a three-fight winning series, capped off by an option over Sergio Pettis.
“To me, a triumph within Formiga will put me in a title combat Cejudo. ”
The specific situation isn’t so straightforward, though, since Cejudo can move up to bantamweight and challenge another fighter for the currently empty 135-pound gold. If that scenario comes to fruition and Cejudo moves up, Figueiredo suggests a clash with Joseph Benavidez for its flyweight title.
“If (Cejudo) really doesn’t want to struggle (at flyweight) anymore, that opens space for a new title fight,” said Figueiredo, who had been scheduled to manage Benavidez at January’s UFC 233 before the big event got cancelled. “This unlocks a massive gap for a new championship fight. I’m glad using all those news, man. ”
The UFC has yet to declare any decision regarding the bantamweight title and the near future of the flyweight division.