Simultaneous two-weight champions are all the rage in the UFC right now, and Henry Cejudo joined the exclusive - and growing - group of fighters on Saturday night at UFC 238 in Chicago.
After Marlon Moraes controlled the first round, Cejudo fought back with heavy knees from the clinch in the second and third rounds. In the final seconds of the third round, Cejudo had Moraes on the mat and was dropping heavy punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight seconds before the final horn to win the vacant bantamweight championship.
Cejudo is the reigning flyweight champion and with the 135-pound strap in his possession, Cejudo becomes the fourth fighter to be a simultaneous two-weight champion, joining Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes. The list of fighters who have won belts in two different UFC weight classes has grown to seven, with Randy Couture, BJ Penn and Georges St. Pierre.
McGregor, the founding member of the simultaneous two-weight champion club, congratulated Cejudo on Twitter.
Congratulations Henry Cejudo! Welcome to the club 🥃 https://t.co/xF2BHGfr9n— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 9, 2019
Nunes is currently the only other fighter to currently be holding two belts. Cormier vacated the light heavyweight title and remains the heavyweight champion.
Cejudo also took exception to being labeled a champ-champ, noting that he also is an Olympic gold medalist making him a triple champion and in his words, "the greatest combat sports athlete of all time."
“I’m not a double champion, I’m a triple champion: Olympic champion, flyweight champion and now bantamweight champion of the UFC, Cejudo said. "I’m the only person in the world who has all these titles, nobody else.
"Whether you hate me or you love me, I’m the pound-for-pound king."
Now the focus turns to the flyweight division. Will Cejudo defend the flyweight belt? Will the UFC dissolve the flyweight division and Cejudo will just carry on as the bantamweight champion?
"I want to rest and I’ll be ready to fight in the end of the year, in 'Cejudo’s division,'" Cejudo said. "I can fight at 125, 135 or 145. I’m ready for any of those.“