Former two-division champion Henry Cejudo will fight Marlon Vera at UFC 292 in Boston on August 19th.
Cejudo returned to action back in May in a bantamweight title fight against Aljamain Sterling, some three years after he vacated both the 125lb and 135lb belts and retired from the sport.
However, the 36-year-old’s plan to reclaim the title didn’t quite go according to plan, giving a good account of himself given his long absence, yet still ultimately losing to Sterling by split-decision.
The disappointed star admitted immediately after the fight that his fighting future was now uncertain and going back into retirement was a possibility, though even days later he appeared to be leaning more towards continuing to fight.
And so now he’s committed to that by signing up to fight the 30-year-old Vera, who is also looking to get back to winning ways after a split-decision loss to Cory Sandhagen back in March.
That brought an end to Vera’s four-fight winning streak, which had seen him KO both Dominick Cruz and and Frankie Edgar in addition to decision wins against Davey Grant and Rob Font.
That leaves Vera ranked No.6 in the division heading into this bout, three places below the No.3 ranked Cejudo.
Cejudo vs. Vera joins a UFC 292 card that just so happens to be headlined by bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling in his latest title defense against Sean O’Malley, while a women’s strawweight title fight between Zhang Weili and Amanda Lemos takes the co-main event spot.