Pedro Munhoz is ranked #4 in the bantamweight division and believes that only true 135 pounders should be battling for the vacant gold.
“Marlon was probably going to face T.J. if the Cejudo fight didn’t happen first,” he said to MMA Junkie. “Now, I think the UFC should let actual bantamweights fight for the vacant belt. That would be Marlon and me.”
The reason that the UFC Bantamweight Title was vacated is due to the fact that adverse findings were discovered in a drug test on then UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw.
Munhoz, who never got the chance to fight Dillashaw, calls the whole situation surround the belt “unfortunate.”
“It’s unfortunate for Dillashaw,” Munhoz said. “But it’s fortunate for the rest of us, since he was probably going to rematch (Henry) Cejudo, holding out the bantamweight division yet again. Now, I think that since T.J. relinquished the belt, we can forget about the rivalry with Cejudo and let the bantamweights move forward.”
There is no word yet on when the potential bout for the vacant bantamweight title will go down, but a victory for Cejudo would make him just a handful of fighters to hold two belts in two different weight classes at the exact same time.