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Henry Cejudo began his MMA career with a perfect 10-0 record. That run of victories earned him an April 2016 bout against then-champion Demetrious Johnson. Johnson handed Cejudo his first career loss when he stopped him via TKO in the first-round. Cejudo also lost his next outing when Joseph Benavidez defeated him via split decision.
After those two setbacks, Cejudo knocked out Wilson Reis and took a decision over Sergio Pettis. Those two victories earned Cejudo a second shot at Johnson’s title. Cejudo won that August 2018 outing via split decision. Cejudo’s win ended Johnson’s title reign after a UFC record 11 consecutive title defenses. Cejudo defended the flyweight title in January 2019 with a 32-second knockout of then-bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw who dropped to 125 pounds for the chance to become a two-division titleholder.
While Dillashaw failed to become a champion in a second weight class, Cejudo accomplished that feat in June 2019 when he captured the vacant 135-pound championship with a third-round TKO of Marlon Moraes. Cejudo later surrendered the flyweight belt in order to concentrate on the bantamweight division.
Dominick Cruz first fought for a title as a member of the WEC roster. He was 9-0 at the time and had been a professional fighter for a little over two years. He lost that 2007 bout, to Urijah Faber via first-round submission. Cruz would not lose again until he faced Cody Garbrandt in December 2016.
Between those two defeats — which are the only losses on Cruz’s record — Cruz won and defended the WEC bantamweight crown before he became the inaugural UFC bantamweight champion. He defended the UFC title twice before he vacated the belt because of injuries. Cruz did not compete between late 2011 and September 2014. When he stepped back into the octagon, the former titleholder earned a 61-second knockout win over Takeya Mizugaki. In his next outing, Cruz defeated T.J. Dillashaw via split decision to regain the UFC bantamweight title. He defended that title in June 2016, but then lost the belt to Garbrandt.
Injuries have kept Cruz out of the octagon since that setback.
Cejudo and Cruz meet in the co-main event of UFC 249.
How To Watch or Live Stream UFC 249:
UFC 249 takes place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. The main card streams on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN, ESPN+ and early prelims on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 249 Pay-Per-View (ESPN+)
Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje
Henry Cejudo vs. Dominick Cruz
Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar
Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan De Castro
Preliminary Card (ESPN, ESPN+)
Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis
Aleksei Oleinik vs. Fabricio Werdum
Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson
Uriah Hall vs. Ronaldo Souza
Early Preliminary Card (ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass)
Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price
Bryce Mitchell vs. Charles Rosa
Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey