Henry Cejudo will have the opportunity to become one of only four simultaneous two-division champions in UFC history June 8 in Chicago when he headlines UFC 238 against top-ranked contender Marlon Moraes for the vacant bantamweight belt.
The organization announced the fight Wednesday after Orange County’s T.J. Dillashaw vacated the 135-pound belt this month after it was revealed he’d tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance one day before fighting Cejudo in January.
With a victory, the Los Angeles-born Cejudo (14-2) would join Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes as UFC fighters to simultaneously wear two belts.
The pay-per-view card at United Center includes a women’s flyweight title bout between champion Valentina Shevchenko and contender Jessica Eye.
Brazil’s Moraes (22-5) has elevated to No. 1 contender with four consecutive victories, including a Feb. 2 first-round submission by guillotine choke of countryman Raphael Assuncao. The 30-year-old Moraes has also defeated Jimmie Rivera, Aljamain Sterling and John Dodson during his winning streak.