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Henry Cejudo Gets a Chance to Un-Screw Himself at Bantamweight, Booked For ‘UFC on FOX: Dos Santos vs. Miocic’


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After a plain bizarre string on no-shows, weigh-in flubs and general flakiness, it looks like we might finally see 2008 Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo step foot into the octagon (but probably not).

Not many of us saw Cejudo’s signing with the UFC coming when it was announced back in July. When it was simultaneously announced that Cejudo would be facing Scott Jorgensen — an upper-level fighter in any weight class — at flyweight — a weight which Cejudo had failed to make in both of his previous appearances in Legacy FC — we were all but guaranteed a weigh-in day fiasco from the former Olympian.

And right on cue, it happened. Here’s what we wrote then:

The most unreliable fighter in mixed martial arts has done it again, folks. UFC.com confirms that former Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo has withdrawn from hisscheduled UFC 177 match against Scott Jorgensen “due to medical reasons.”

This is the same guy who no-showed the weigh-ins for Legacy FC 25 last November due to a reported stomach flu, blew weight by 3.5 pounds before his win over Elias Garcia in January, pulled out of a Legacy FC title fight against Damacio Page this past May due to “personal reasons,” then withdrew from the main event of Legacy FC 34 last month for undisclosed reasons, just before signing with the UFC. In retrospect, it’s kind of baffling that the UFC signed this flake in the first place — although the promotion hedged its bets by burying Cejudo vs. Jorgensen on the UFC 177 prelims.

His flyweight career over before it ever began, Cejudo was forced to move up to bantamweight by Dana White himself and now has his UFC debut booked for realzies this time. Find out who he’ll be facing after the jump.

AZ Central reports that Cejudo will now take on Dustin Kimura in a bantamweight contest at UFC on FOX: dos Santos vs. Miocic, which goes down in Cejudo’s native Phoenix on December 13th.

Kimura is an even 2-2 in his UFC career, having picked up submission wins over guys you haven’t heard of (Chico Camus, Jon Delos Reyes) and consistently come up short against those you have heard of (Mitch Gagnon, George Roop). Using the almighty power of MMA Math, I am going to bet the ranch that Kimura wins this one by forfeit at 5:00 in the second round the day before the weigh-ins. Any takers?

-J. Jones

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