Former two-division UFC champion, Henry Cejudo, announced his retirement following a huge stoppage victory over Dominick Cruz at UFC 249. Speaking to Joe Rogan, the Olympic gold medallist claimed that there was nothing left for him to achieve in combat sports. However, ‘Triple C’ has made plenty of time to engage in trash talk with a variety of big names since he hung up his gloves.
Cejudo initially took aim at rising star Sean O’Malley in an unprovoked attack after ‘Sugar’ scored a spectacular knockout over Eddie Wineland at UFC 250.
This week though, it appears that his attention has shifted to current 145lb king, Alexander Volkanvski. Their newfound rivalry began when Volkanovski revealed to Ariel Helwani that he views Cejudo as a legitimate featherweight contender. This sparked an immediate response from ‘The Messenger’ via Twitter.
Cejudo then went on to reiterate these claims in an interview with TMZ Sports (transcribed by Low Kick MMA).
“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, it would be Alexander Volkanovski, that overgrown midget. I would love to make him bend the knee because he’s already halfway there.”
Volkanovski secured the Featherweight belt when he impressively outstruck former champion, Max Holloway in a five-round battle at UFC 245 in December. The fight was one of the most competitive that the division has ever seen and an immediate rematch has been scheduled at UFC 251 on fight island.
The card will take place on July 12th and is headlined by a middleweight title fight between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns. The vacant bantamweight title will also be contested on that night between Jose Aldo and Petr Yan.
If Cejudo does decide to return and face Volkanovski, it could be possible for the featherweight champ to come down to the stacked bantamweight division. However, with a title bout already scheduled, this fight would not be for the belt.
Do you think that Henry Cejudo will return to the Octagon soon?