What Would It Take For Henry Cejudo To Compete in MMA Again?
Henry Cejudo has listed his demands for a potential UFC return. One of his main requests is fighting for a third title.
Speaking with TMZ Sports, Cejudo (16-2) discussed the possibility of fighting in another weight class. Besides fighting Ryan Garcia in a boxing match, Cejudo would want to move up in weight one more time. On his radar is UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski.
“I’ve done everything in MMA,” Cejudo stated. “I’m satisfied with my career. There would only be one fight that would really bring me back, that would really wake me up in the morning. Other than Ryan Garcia, that would be Alexander Volkanovski. That overgrown midget, I would love to make him bend the knee. He’s already halfway there.”
Cejudo last fought a few weeks ago at UFC 249. A former UFC Flyweight Champion, “Triple C” defended the UFC Bantamweight Title against veteran Dominick Cruz. It was an easy win for the Olympic wrestling champion in Cejudo, who beat Cruz via TKO. After the bout, Cejudo retired on top. Part of the reason was to compete in the Olympics, while the other was a result of contract disputes. Cejudo requested a higher pay for months, but nothing came to fruition.
Volkanovski (21-1) is currently on an 18-fight win streak and is 8-0 in the UFC. He beat Max Holloway via unanimous decision back at UFC 245 in December to win the UFC Featherweight Championship. The two are currently scheduled for a rematch sometime this year.
Since he’s left the UFC, Cejudo has teamed up with Mike Tyson, appearing on All Elite Wrestling’s Dynamite program. As far as why he wants to go after a third title, Cejudo’s answer was simple.
“I want to be different,” Cejudo went on to say. There’s a lot of champ-champs. Obviously, there’s only one “Triple C”; there’s only one Olympic Champ, flyweight champ, bantamweight champion of the world. It’s just to cement it and go in the history books as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.
As a result of his retirement, the UFC has relinquished him of the UFC Bantamweight Title, making it vacant once again. UFC President Dana White has not discussed plans for Cejudo to return following his absence from the sport.