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MMA buzz: Cejudo wants to fight Moreno at UFC 306

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Cejudo looking to take on Moreno at UFC 306

Andres Waters: Just weeks ago, Henry Cejudo announced that his then-upcoming fight against fellow UFC bantamweight title contender Merab Dvalishvili was "all or nothing" -- stating that he could retire if he lost. The former double champ appears to have had a change of heart, following a unanimous decision loss to Dvalishvili.

Cejudo took to his YouTube channel to let MMA fans know that he is not done in the Octagon just yet. He then followed that announcement up with a call out of former flyweight champion Brandon Moreno, who is coming off a split decision loss to Brandon Royval at UFC Fight Night last weekend. Cejudo said he would like to face Moreno at UFC 306, which will take place on Mexican Independence Day at The Sphere in Las Vegas.

"What fight would be better than 'Triple C' vs. Brandon Moreno, the Mexican-American vs. the true Mexican [Moreno], and they come together, and they do a five-round showdown," Cejudo said on his YouTube channel.

There is certainly a backstory to this fight if it were to happen. During Season 24 of "The Ultimate Fighter", Cejudo, who trained with Moreno and advocated for him to be on the show, did not pick Moreno to be on his team. That situation sparked a feud that seems to still exist between them today. Moreno called for a fight against Cejudo last May, and Cejudo is finally ready to accept.

"I like it," Cejudo said. "I think if there's any way we should settle it, enough talking, enough cringing, enough antics, and enough all of that. The only way to get it on, Brandon Moreno, is I accept your challenge. Let's do it: Mexican Independence Day."


Feb. 22: PFL eyes Cyborg vs. Pacheco for summer or fall

Marc Raimondi: With Kayla Harrison leaving the promotion, PFL is refocusing on putting together a fight between Bellator featherweight champion Cris Cyborg and former PFL lightweight and featherweight champion Larissa Pacheco, PFL chairman Donn Davis told ESPN.

The plan, Davis said, is to have the two of them fight on a pay-per-view card in either the summer or early fall. PFL's season will begin in April, and neither Cyborg nor Pacheco will be involved. Instead, Davis said they'll be on PFL's next pay-per-view, potentially in the co-main event of Francis Ngannou's first fight with the promotion.

PFL's first big pay-per-view card since the acquisition of Bellator is Saturday in Saudi Arabia, which will pit top fighters from PFL against top fighters from Bellator, including several champion vs. champion matchups.

"We've told both Larissa and Cris: Great news, you guys get a mega fight, biggest women's fight maybe this year against each other on the next PFL pay-per-view superfight, when that comes together," Davis said. "We're not going to shortchange you -- you guys would be the co-main."

Davis also said he'd love to see another fight at that same event: a matchup between kickboxing superstar Cedric Doumbé and former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.

Meanwhile, Cyborg is expected to do another boxing match this spring, before the Pacheco fight, sources said.


Feb. 20: Chandler callout of McGregor on Raw signals changing TKO landscape

Marc Raimondi: UFC star Michael Chandler made a surprise appearance Monday on WWE Raw in Anaheim, California -- and cut a pretty darn good promo on Conor McGregor.

Chandler, who sat in the front row, was introduced by WWE ring announcer Samantha Irvin, and he proceeded to call out McGregor, who he has been scheduled to fight now for the better part of a year with no official date set yet. A WWE source said the segment happened "organically" and Chandler was impressive as "a showman."

Sources said Chandler has an interest in doing more with WWE -- perhaps even a match or more -- and he posed for a photo afterward with WWE chief content officer Paul "Triple H" Levesque. Chandler also wrote on social media that a contract had been signed, but he was not specific as to what that meant.

The UFC was in Anaheim on Saturday for UFC 298, and WWE was in the same building on Monday for Raw. Look for more weekends and occurrences like this in the future, with the two promotions now under the same umbrella as TKO Group. The UFC and WWE signed a joint deal with OC Vibe to bring three events each to Honda Center in Anaheim over the next five years.

WWE stars CM Punk, Bianca Belair and Montez Ford were at UFC 298 Saturday, and many UFC people were at Raw, including Chandler, women's strawweight fighter Tabatha Ricci, UFC 298 winner Oban Elliott, executives, behind-the-scenes personnel, and more. Callum Walsh, the up-and-coming Irish boxer backed by UFC CEO Dana White, was in attendance and shown on screen during the broadcast.

Outside Honda Center all weekend, there were two giant championship belts -- one for UFC and one for WWE -- there for photo ops.