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UFC 249 fight card primer: Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz

In the co-main event of UFC 249, Henry Cejudo puts his bantamweight belt on the line against Dominick Cruz.

The co-main event of UFC 249 features a bantamweight title fight between Henry Cejudo (15-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and a veteran of the division, former champion Dominick Cruz (22-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC). UFC 249 takes place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida this Saturday, May 9th. The main card will start with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT, with the ESPN prelims kick off at 8:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET on Fight Pass and ESPN+.

How do these two stack up?

Cejudo: 33 years old | 5’4” | 64” reach
Cruz: 31 years old | 5’8” | 69” reach

How did these two get here?

Cejudo: W - Marlon Moraes (TKO) | W - T.J. Dillashaw (TKO) | W - Demetrious Johnson (DEC)
Cruz: L - Cody Garbrandt (DEC) | W - Urijah Faber (DEC) | W - T.J. Dillashaw (DEC)

What have these two done recently?

After Cejudo’s scheduled fight with Jose Aldo at UFC 250 in Brazil was cancelled, Cruz filled in for the Brazilian to face Cejudo on the rescheduled card. Cejudo’s last three wins have been the biggest of his career, handing longtime flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson his first loss in years, and then stopping both T.J. Dillashaw and Marlon Moraes. Cejudo has become one of the top fighters in the UFC and has looked fantastic in his recent fights, improving leaps and bounds in his striking.

This will be Cruz’s first fight in almost four years. In late 2017, he was supposed to fight Jimmie Rivera but suffered a broken arm. At the start of 2019, he was supposed to fight John Lineker but injured his shoulder. It’s been the story of Cruz’s career as he continues to suffer frequent injuries that force him out of competition. The fight with Cejudo marks the chance for Cruz to win back the title he lost in his last fight, to Cody Garbrandt back in December 2016.

Why should you care?

Despite Cruz’s inactivity, he is still one of the best at 135-pounds and shouldn’t be written off in this title fight.