Henry Cejudo is set to face Merab Dvalishvili, as announced by Cejudo himself in a recent video on his YouTube channel. The much-anticipated clash between Cejudo and Dvalishvili is scheduled to take place on the same card headlined by a featherweight title bout featuring champion Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria. UFC 298, set to unfold in two months, is shaping up to be an eventful night.
During the video announcement, Cejudo revealed that the outcome of his bout with Dvalishvili will determine the contender to face the winner of the Sean O’Malley vs. Marlon Vera matchup, as reported by MMAFighting.
“This fight’s going to decide who’s actually going to eventually fight the winner of Chito Vera versus Sean O’Malley,” Cejudo stated enthusiastically. “I’m excited. I’m not sure if we’re going to co-headline this fight with Ilia Topuria and Alexander Volkanovski, but either way, this fight is absolutely going to be bonkers.”
Acknowledging the challenge ahead, Cejudo admitted that he anticipates a tough battle against Merab Dvalishvili.
“I give him respect, and I give all my opponents respect, especially Henry Cejudo,” responded Dvalishvili during the UFC Vegas 83 post-fight show. “He’s the greatest champion, he was after [Aljamain Sterling] beat him. I’m excited. This is going to be a big test for me. Even if I feel I don’t need the test anymore.
“I have a nine-fight win streak, and I beat whoever they give me, whoever they put in front of me. I think I deserve to fight for a title fight, but they give me another test in Henry Cejudo. I’m thankful. I have to do my best.
I have to beat him, and I have to earn it again, the title fight, and hopefully this time I will fight for the title, and whoever will be the winner of Chito Vera and Sean O’Malley, I will fight next.”
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