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Since the title relinquishment of TJ Dillashaw in the Bantamweight division, everyone wants to know who is next in line to become the new champion. While there is a multitude of paths the UFC can take, here are three potential matchups we may see in the near future:
#3: Pedro Munhoz vs Aljamain Sterling
After Pedro Munhoz got himself a knockout win over former champion Cody Garbrandt, the UFC could look towards a title-eliminator fight between him and Aljamain Sterling.
Sterling recently defeated Jimmie Rivera in a one-sided beating, and has been on a roll ever since. With a record of 17-3 for Sterling, in the other corner, Munhoz holds a record of 18-3.
Regardless of whether it’s for the title or not, this seems to be a bout that would catch the eyes of many.
#2: Aljamain Sterling vs Marlon Moraes II
A rematch that should take place in the Bantamweight division is between Aljamain Sterling and Marlon Moraes. In their first encounter at Fight Night 123, Moraes defeated Sterling via first-round knockout.
Moraes holds wins over the likes of Jimmie Rivera, Aljamain Sterling, Raphael Assuncao and John Dodson. With a rematch in the midst, it allows for either Moraes to put Aljamain in his rear view mirror, or for Aljamain to shake up the division.
#1: Henry Cejudo vs Marlon Moraes
A super fight worth seeing is one between the current Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes. Both Cejudo and Moraes started the 2019 year with huge victories, as Moraes defeated Assuncao, while Cejudo retained his title against then-Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw.
The MMA record for Henry Cejudo sits at 14-2, where he holds notable wins over the likes of Dillashaw, Demetrious Johnson, Sergio Pettis, and Wilson Reis. Cejudo is a threat at 125 lbs, and if he were to move up to 135 lbs, it could bring a new element to the Bantamweight division.
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