On Monday, Henry Cejudo made it clear that if T.J. Dillashaw knowingly cheated prior to their flyweight title fight in January, he will never fight the former bantamweight champion again.
”I know exactly what the public knows,” Cejudo told Ariel Helwani. “I don’t know anything, if not I’d spill the beans. I can’t keep secrets. I just can’t. And the other thing that kind of bugged me with the UFC, I got a call from USADA, I didn’t even talk to any of the UFC officials. So I’m kinda like woah, I think everyone sees that I beat him in 32 seconds. But they don’t see the fact that this is a problem. Like, if someone ends up dying in the Octagon one of these days, our sport’s gonna get – they’re gonna ban it for good. They’re gonna take that one shot.”
”With this whole TJ thing, it made me sad, if it’s all true,” he said. “You feel sad then you go to feeling mad, like wait, what if he’d beat you up like Brock did with Mark Hunt? Sometimes these things cross your head because this ain’t baseball, man. If it all comes out to be true, I would never feel comfortable fighting someone like that again. I hope it was an accident, I hope something happened. But if it’s true, I truly feel bad for the man. I really do. And I just would never fight him again. I don’t care for whatever amount of money, I would never fight him again.”
When asked of an immediate rematch at bantamweight, Cejudo confirmed that was the plan, but was halted due to last week’s announcement by Dillashaw.
”Yeah that was the plan, that’s what Dana wanted, that’s what we wanted, that’s what TJ wanted,” Cejudo explained. “Everyone wanted the fight. It was gonna be a pretty big payday for me. That’s another place where I lose a little bit. TJ’s a big name, but if it all turns out to be true it’s going to tarnish his legacy for the rest of his career. A future Hall of Famer could now be in question.”
”I’m still kind of emotional. I hope it’s not anything crazy, but this is the last interview I want to do about it because it just bugs me.”
Now Cejudo will face Marlon Moraes for the vacated bantamweight title on June 8th in Chicago for UFC 238.
Transcription by MMA Mania