While he announced his retirement from active competition, Henry Cejudo is doing everything he can to keep his name relevant to earn a payday. That includes calling out boxers like Ryan Garcia.
Recently, the former UFC Flyweight and Bantamweight Champion in Cejudo (16-2) challenged Garcia to a fight, stating the 21-year-old would bend the knee. Garcia believes this to be a misunderstanding but wouldn’t mind taking Cejudo out. Now, Cejudo is doubling down on his challenge.
Speaking with ESPN, Cejudo discussed the idea of facing Garcia. He believes the purse he could get from a matchup would be worth the challenge.
“I think Ryan Garcia would be the easiest payday ‘Triple C’ would ever get,” Cejudo said. “It would be a lot bigger than any purse I did in the UFC. If there’s any fight that intrigues me between staying retired, between fighting … Alexander Volkanovski or fighting … Ryan Garcia, I like the payday. Plus, it’s easy money because he’s fought nobody.”
Cejudo retired after UFC 249 when he beat Dominick Cruz to retain the UFC Bantamweight Title. “Triple C” expressed an interest to return to the Olympics to win more gold. He also stated (with Dana White confirming) that he was trying to receive a raise in pay within the UFC but wasn’t getting it. The 33-year-old has since shown up on AEW Dynamite with Mike Tyson and stated the only way he’d step inside the octagon again was if he faced UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski.
Due to recent issues with Golden Boy and DAZN when it comes to salary, Garcia (20-0) is also interested in learning a huge payday. He ended up telling ESPN not long ago he would do a two-sport fight with Cejduo.
“Let’s do it over here [in boxing] first, get you some money, get you knocked out, and then I’ll go to MMA,” Garcia said. “If you don’t knock me out in MMA, you’re a bum. I promise you: If you don’t submit me or do whatever you have to do, you’re trash.”
Garcia appears to be ready to face Luke Campbell for the interim WBC Lightweight Title. He has won seven fights since 2018 and won the WBO-NABO and WBC Silver Lightweight Titles against Romero Duno in November via TKO. “KingRy” won his last bout in February, hitting Francisco Fonseca with a devastating knockout punch.