Former Flyweight Title Challengers Henry Cejudo, Wilson Reis to Clash at UFC 216

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 7, 2017


Henry Cejudo will square off against Wilson Reis in a battle of former flyweight No. 1 contenders at UFC 216.

The Las Vegas-based promotion announced the matchup on Wednesday. UFC 216 takes place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Sept. 9 and will also include a women's bantamweight showdown between Ashlee Evans-Smith and Sarah Moras. A headliner for the card has not been announced.

After beginning his professional career with 10 straight triumphs, Cejudo enters the matchup with Reis on a two-bout losing streak. The Olympic gold medalist suffered a first-round technical knockout loss in a title bout against Demetrious Johnson at UFC 197 and then dropped an entertaining split decision to perennial contender Joseph Benavidez at “The Ultimate Fighter 24” finale. Cejudo was supposed to face Sergio Pettis at UFC 211 but a hand injury forced “The Messenger” to withdraw from the contest a few days before the event.

Reis, meanwhile, put together a three-fight winning streak to earn a crack at Johnson at UFC on Fox 24 on April 15. There, the 32-year-old Brazilian was overwhelmed en route to losing via armbar in the third round. Reis is 6-3 in the Octagon and 22-7 as a professional overall. He owns notable wins over the likes of Dustin Ortiz, Scott Jorgensen, Ivan Menjivar, Bryan Caraway and Zach Makovsky.

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