Cejudo: I Am The Face Of UFC After UFC 238 win
Henry Cejudo’s confidence, much like the Grinch’s heart, grew two sizes on June 8th, as the flyweight champion would take the vacant bantamweight title at UFC 238.
“I feel like I’m the face of the UFC now and I want to get paid like one,” Cejudo said at the UFC 238 post-fight press conference.
“I need to meet with Dana White, too. I need a meeting with him because I need heavyweight money,” Cejudo continued. “I feel like I’m the face of the UFC now and I want to get paid like one.
“Dana has been great to me. He’s been really good. I have nothing bad to say but I want to make heavyweight money. I want to change this game… I want big fights. I’m on a legend rampage. Dominick Cruz, you guys wouldn’t like Dominick Cruz versus Henry Cejudo? Doesn’t that sound exciting?”
Calling out Cruz, who has not fought since losing to Cody Garbrandt in late 2016, rubbed top bantamweight challenger Petr Yan, the wrong way.
“Maybe he just wants to fight the old guys,” Yan said, also after UFC 238. “I’m young, hungry, 26 years-old, and I’m eager to take this opportunity to fight for the belt. I want to have two belts on my shoulder, too.”
While Cejudo and Yan may face off, Aljamain Sterling’s win over Pedro Munhoz at UFC 238 may line get in the way of Yan.
Also standing in the way is if Cejudo instead faces the winner of Jussier Formiga and Joseph Benavidez’ flyweight clash at UFC Fight Night Minneapolis, later in June.
“I watched (Aljamain) Sterling’s (win over Pedro Munhoz), and with all due respect, I was not impressed at all,” Yan said of Sterling.
“I would beat him and the champion (Henry Cejudo) in one night.”