The UFC bantamweight division formally wants a brand new champion.

Within the wake of Henry Cejudo asserting his retirement following a win over Dominick Cruz at UFC 246, the 135-pound title has been vacated.

That’s in keeping with UFC officers, who confirmed the information to MMA Preventing on Sunday following the discharge of the corporate’s new rankings.

A fast look on the bantamweight division will present no champion sitting on the high of the load class. Cejudo’s identify has additionally been faraway from the official rankings at each 135 kilos in addition to the pound-for-pound rankings the place he beforehand occupied a spot within the high 5.

Now the UFC is shifting ahead with out Cejudo of their quick plans regardless of many believing that the previous two-division champion would make his return to motion sooner slightly than later after saying that the promotion new the sum of money required to get him to battle once more.

It seems the UFC is looking his bluff as a result of now the bantamweight title has been vacated and the seek for a brand new champion can formally start.

Following Cejudo’s announcement, UFC president Dana White mentioned that Russian contender Petr Yan can be concerned in no matter battle would decide the following 135-pound champion. Whereas nothing has been determined, extra sources informed MMA Preventing that preliminary talks have began with reference to crowning a brand new champion with a possible battle being booked this summer time involving Yan and an unnamed challenger.

Whereas nothing has been determined, it seems Yan will get his probability to compete for gold with Cejudo settling into retirement now that his UFC title will go up for grabs once more with out him