Cejudo’s Coach: Triple C Wants Triple Belts
Henry Cejudo joined an exclusive club on June 8th, when he became the fourth “champ-champ” in UFC history, winning the vacant bantamweight title in a stoppage win over Marlon Moraes.
The flyweight and bantamweight champion may not stop at two-belts, as Cejudo’s coach Eric Albarracin told MMA Fighting’s Like Thomas, that his fighter will defend or fight for whichever belt gets him the biggest pay day.
“I believe he will defend the Henry-weight division,” Albarracin said. “The Henry-weight money.
“I think I told you the story about Demetrious Johnson. He took almost a pay cut to take that fight and that’s why we’re here today. Everybody told him, ‘Don’t take this fight. They’re not paying you enough. You’re still on your contract from when you fought Sergio Pettis.’ And he was like, ‘No, if I don’t take this fight, it’ll be two years before I get this fight or they’ll get rid of the weight class or something. No, we’re gonna take this fight. I can beat him. It’s now. It’s now or never.’
“So just think, I think he made $80,000 that fight. It’s time to pay up. It’s great that he has 21 pounds of gold on his shoulder and resting on his chest, but he needs to have it in his bank account as well.”
Per MMA Fighting, Cejudo actually made $100,000 for his UFC 227 win over then flyweight king, Demetrious Johnson. That is just base pay and not what he ended up walking away with after bonuses, and paying his coaches and team.
When asked when Cejudo could possibly make the move from 135 pounds to 145, Albarracin thinks it won’t take much time at all.
“. . .I like a New Year’s Eve date [for 145 pounds],” Albarracin said. “Why not? This guy puts on muscle faster than any athlete I’ve ever seen. If you saw his pictures this week, he’s almost 150 pounds and he’s ripped and shredded.”
“To me it’s the competition,” Albarracin said about Cejudo being proclaimed the pound-for-pound best fighter in the UFC.
“The body of work that he has done. To beat Demetrious Johnson, who had 11 straight world title defenses, to beat the greatest bantamweight of all time, and then to come in and beat the most dangerous bantamweight in the game right now, on one leg, that’s what it is. And, none of those guys got a gold medal. If you ask them, if you put Henry and Jon Jones and Khabib Nurmagomedov and DC [Daniel Cormeir] all in the same room, you could all ask them and I’ve seen them all in the room together and they all tell him he’s pound-for-pound.”
Report: MMA Fighting