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Cody
Garbrandt
wasn’t thrilled to find out that Henry
Cejudo
will be making his next title defense against an
opponent “No Love” defeated more than three years ago.

On Tuesday, UFC president Dana White
unveiled
the entire card for a proposed event on May 9. The
bout list included a bantamweight championship tilt between Cejudo
and former titlist Dominick
Cruz
. Cejudo was initially slated to defend his crown against
Jose
Aldo
at UFC 250, but travel restrictions during the coronavirus
pandemic made it unlikely that the Brazilian would be unable to
obtain his visa in time.

In recent days, Garbrandt has been vocal on Twitter about Cejudo’s
penchant for facing opponents who are coming off one or more
defeats.

“Triple C stands for Triple Coward. You chose a guy who hasn’t
fought in over [four] years,” Garbrandt wrote. “Come on UFC!”



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Though Garbrandt’s numbers are a little off, his point remains.
Cruz hasn’t competed since Garbrandt ended his 11-bout winning
streak and 135-pound championship reign at UFC 207 on Dec. 30,
2016. All told, the oft-injured Cruz has fought just four times
since 2011.

That didn’t prevent Cejudo from firing back at Garbrandt, however.
The Olympic gold medalist took aim at Garbrandt’s current
three-bout skid, in which he suffered KO/TKO defeats at the hands
of T.J.
Dillashaw
(twice) and Pedro
Munhoz
.

“You just keep up that great losing streak and I might just pick
you, Cody Garbage,” Cejudo replied.

Since vanquishing Marlon
Moraes
to claim bantamweight gold in June 2019, Cejudo has
targeted what he feels are promotional legends, regardless of their
recent track record. That includes not only Aldo and Cruz, but also
Urijah
Faber
and Frankie
Edgar
.

The location for Cejudo’s May 9 bout vs. Cruz has not yet been
announced. Garbrandt, meanwhile, was forced to pull out of a
proposed showdown with Raphael
Assuncao
at UFC on ESPN 8 due to kidney issues. The March 28
event was ultimately canceled as a result of the coronavirus
pandemic. In his tweet, Garbrandt vows to fight Assuncao “before
the summer is up.”

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