Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will have another opportunity to become champion at UFC 250 on May 9. Combate’s Ana Hissa and Raphael Marinho report that former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will not fight current bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo at UFC 250 due to visa issues. They also report that as of now a verbal agreement has been made for Cruz to replace Aldo.
The real king has already been told that we’re fighting May 9th. I’ll see you there.
P.S. -Bring your other tiny lil friend @cptdasamericas so I can slap you both around. 👋 👋
-Signed, Sealed, Delivered-
— Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) April 9, 2020
UFC 250 was originally supposed to take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil. However, it is being relocated to the United States due to the Coronavirus pandemic. According to Hissa and Marinho, Aldo’s work visa expired and is not able to get a new document, since the American Embassy is not doing this service during this time.
Cruz will be making his long-awaited return to competing in the UFC. His last fight was a title defense loss to Cody Garbrandt by decision at UFC 207 on December 30, 2016. Cejudo had called out Cruz after his TKO win over Marlon Moraes at UFC 238 on June 8, 2019. It was rumored that Cruz was going to fight Cory Sandhagen at UFC Fight Night 175 on May 16, but the fight never came together. If Cruz wins he will be a three-time UFC bantamweight champion.
Cejudo will look to defend the bantamweight championship for the first time. When Cejudo decided to call out Cruz and Aldo for his first title defense, it became a topic of conversation that both fighters are coming off of a loss. Top contenders Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling has taken Cejudo to task for turning down fights against either of them and choosing Cruz as his next opponent. Regardless of the critics, Cejudo is looking to make a statement by defeating Cruz and prove he is the best pound for pound fighter in the UFC.