Henry Cejudo will face a ranked opponent in his 10th MMA bout. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
World-ranked 125-pounders Jussier da Silva and Henry Cejudo will each look to further their bid for a shot at Ultimate Fighting Championship gold when they square off this fall in Monterrey, Mexico.
Officials from the Las Vegas-based organization on Monday announced that da Silva and Cejudo have agreed to meet at UFC Fight Night “Brown vs. Gastelum.” Headlined by a welterweight tilt between Matt Brown and Kelvin Gastelum, the event is set to take place Nov. 21 at Monterrey Arena, marking the UFC’s first trip south of the border to a place other than Mexico City.
Da Silva, 30, will enter the bout on a three-fight winning streak. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo black belt’s recent run includes victories over Scott Jorgensen, Zach Makovsky and Wilson Reis, whom “Formiga” defeated via unanimous decision in May. The former Shooto South America champion holds a professional record of 18-3, with all three defeats coming against current top-five flyweights: Joseph Benavidez, John Dodson and Ian McCall.
Cejudo, 28, is yet to be defeated through nine bouts as a professional mixed martial artist. After struggling to make the 125-pound flyweight limit early in his career, the 2008 Olympic wrestling gold medalist has successfully made weight in his last two outings. “The Messenger” last competed in June, when he used his newly honed striking skills to outwork Chico Camus on the feet in a three-round decision.