Henry Cejudo is protecting the door ajar for a UFC comeback.

The previous UFC bantamweight and flyweight champion informed TMZ in a video printed Monday that he would think about a return to the Octagon if he got a battle in opposition to Alexander Volkanovski. Cejudo desires a crack at Volkanovski’s UFC featherweight title to finish the championship trifecta — a feat nobody in promotion historical past has ever pulled off.

“I’ve finished all the things in MMA,” Cejudo informed TMZ.

“I am happy with my profession. There would solely be one battle that will actually carry me again — that will actually wake me up within the morning. Apart from [boxer] Ryan Garcia, it could be Alexander Volkanovski. That overgrown midget. I might like to make him bend the knee. He is already midway there.”

Cejudo, the previous Olympic wrestling gold medalist, stunningly introduced his retirement from MMA after efficiently defending his bantamweight title in opposition to Dominick Cruz final month at UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Florida. There was hypothesis, although, that Cejudo is utilizing it as leverage to try to get a much bigger contract from the UFC.

Because the retirement announcement, the UFC has eliminated Cejudo from the promotion’s official rankings and brought him off the web site as bantamweight champion. UFC president Dana White has mentioned {that a} vacant bantamweight title battle between Petr Yan and former featherweight champion Jose Aldo is within the offing this summer season.

Cejudo, although, acknowledged to TMZ for the primary time that there was certainly a option to carry him again. That might be an opportunity at a 3rd belt.

“I wish to be totally different,” Cejudo mentioned. “There’s a variety of champ champs. Clearly there’s just one Triple C — there’s just one Olympic champ, flyweight champ, bantamweight champion of the world. It is simply to cement it and go within the historical past books as the best combined martial artist of all time.”

Cejudo (16-2) is on a six-fight successful streak, a stretch that goes again to 2016. The Arizona resident is certainly one of solely 4 fighters in UFC historical past informed maintain two titles in two totally different weight courses on the similar time. Cejudo, 33, owns wins over Cruz, TJ Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson.