Henry Cejudo would like to face Petr Yan should the interim champion defeat Aljamain Sterling to reclaim his belt.
Yan and Sterling are set to have their highly-anticipated rematch in April and after that, Jose Aldo and TJ Dillashaw both could be the next contenders. However, Cejudo says he would like to return to face Yan and would want the fight in Russia.
It would be a tough fight for Cejudo to come back to, but he is confident his wrestling would be the difference-maker.
“I would love to go to Russia and fight Petr Yan, that ugly potato in Russia, holding up a Russian flag this time and beating his ass in front of his own countrymen,” Cejudo told MMA Junkie Radio. “Yes, I will take that dude down. Yeah, he’s a great striker. I could tell you that. When I talk about position, composure, and distance, Petr Yan is really good at it, but I’m too much of a competitor. I’m too smart for this dude.
Henry Cejudo ‘Would Love’ To Go To Russia To Fight Petr Yan
“I will take him down, and I will literally drown his ass with my wrestling. We’ll put him against the cage, and I ain’t no Aljamain Sterling, guys,” Cejudo continued. “I am so much more technical. I am so much better than these dudes. I am at a whole other level of competitors. Michael Jordan, he was the best at basketball. Think about it if he was able to do that in football. That’s what I’ve been able to do. What I’m saying is I have that competitive edge. I have that experience, and I just need that shot, and I need that bag full of money.”
Henry Cejudo retired from MMA following his TKO win over Dominick Cruz at UFC 249. He was the former flyweight and bantamweight champion and was calling to face Alexander Volkanovski for the featherweight strap but that never came to fruition.
Although he is calling for the scrap against Yan, Cejudo says he needs to be paid accordingly.
“At the end of the day, I could talk all this talk, but if I don’t get paid, I’m just not doing it,” Cejudo said. “It’s got to be worth my legacy. Am I being a b*tch, or am I being honest? I’m being honest. I am a little upset. I am a little pissed.”