UFC bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo is set to defend his title against the former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 250.
Many fighters have criticized the decision by the UFC to make this matchup, as Jose Aldo is currently on a 2-fight losing streak. Fellow bantamweight contender Aljamain Sterling said that the UFC are “milking” Aldo for “every last dollar”, before the former champion retires.
Jose Aldo lost a close split-decision to Marlon Moraes in his last fight at UFC 245. UFC president Dana White praised the booking, insisting that the judges got that one wrong.
Now, Moraes has weighed in on this fight with his thoughts, calling it a “smart decision”.
He made a recent appearance at a Dominance MMA media day and talked to MMAJunkie about UFC 250:
“I think it’s a smart decision,” Moraes said. “Henry, it’s his position, he’s the champion, he won two belts, he gave up the flyweight division, and he pick a good fight. Good opponent for him. Aldo’s a legend, and we’ll see what happens, but I think he was smart. He took a good fight for him.”
Marlon Moraes previously fought Henry Cejudo for the vacant UFC bantamweight title at UFC 238. Cejudo was able to weather the early storm from Moraes and ultimately finish the Brazilian fighter with elbows on the ground in the 3rd round.
He is currently ranked No. 1 in the UFC bantamweight division and will most likely be the next fighter in line for a shot at the title.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 17th March, 2020.