Cejudo’s List Of Opponents A Limited Group

When it comes to upcoming challengers for his UFC gold, Henry Cejudo is in no rush to face the best of the best. Instead, his requests for fights have only included the most unorthodox of choices.

Cejudo (15-2) was meant to face Jose Aldo at UFC 250 for the UFC Bantamweight Championship. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all UFC events have been put on hold. However, Dana White has been adamant that events will happen eventually, potentially on the “Fight Island” he is putting together. With the future uncertain, many fighters, including Cejudo, are wondering what will happen, especially with last-minute news.

“I think we need to have a conversation with Dana and everybody there, because you don’t want to train and have them give you a certain date, and then you’re not peaking at the right time,” Cejudo stated to ESPN. “My training is very methodical. Everything I do has to be precise, to make sure I’m 100 percent. You can’t surprise me before, two weeks.”

If he does fight, Cejudo only wants a certain list of individuals to face. Those names include Dominick Cruz and Frankie Edgar. It was rumored prior to events being shut down that Cruz, who hasn’t fought since 2016, would be replacing Aldo on the UFC 250 card.

Cejudo wants to face fighters either who used to be the elite of their division or who can get him a good payday.

“I thought about it, with Dominick, he’s unpredictable,” Cejudo went on to say. “He’s too brittle. I’m afraid to sign a contract with him because I’m afraid he won’t show up. Frankie Edgar, he was one of the first people I called out. That’s a fight that’s always kind of given me that appetite for him. He cut to 135, but he’s a former champion at 155 [pounds]. That really intrigues me.”

Cruz and Edgar are a part of a list that includes Aldo, Cody Garbrandt and Uriah Faber. Here are updates on the fighters as of April 14, 2020:

  • Aldo just came into the bantamweight division and lost to Marlon Moraes via split decision. Aldo is also 2-4 in his last six.
  • Edgar is 1-3 in his last four fights, and on a two-fight losing streak.
  • Cruz hasn’t fought since 2016 and is coming off of a loss.
  • Garbrandt is on a three-fight losing streak dating back to 2017.
  • Urijah Faber, who just came out of retirement after three years away, is 3-4 in his last seven.

Many are questioning why Cejudo doesn’t request fighters like Petr Yan or Aljamain Sterling, fighters that are currently competing for shots at the belt. “Triple C” is doing what he likes so he could enhance his legacy as being a legend killer.

“I deserve a legend,” Cejudo stated. “Let me remind you, my last three fights — Demetrious Johnson, T.J. Dillashaw, and Marlon Moraes, [the current] No. 1 contender. I want to keep up that legend rampage so it’s going to be one of those two guys.”

It is unknown if the requests will become a reality. If they do, however, will Cejudo be able to take advantage of the opportunity?

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