Henry Cejudo is content material in retirement, however there’s one struggle that might persuade the previous two-division UFC champion to make his return.
Previous to his win over Dominick Cruz at UFC 249, Cejudo had hinted at one other change in divisions whereas looking for a struggle in opposition to featherweight king Alexander Volkanovski. Even earlier than his newest title protection, Cejudo was already exchanging phrases with Volkanovski, who is anticipated to defend his 145-pound belt in opposition to Max Holloway in a rematch later this yr.
In keeping with Cejudo, there’s actually nothing else that pursuits him proper now within the UFC exterior of that chance to develop into the primary three-division champion in historical past.
“I’ve executed every little thing in MMA,” Cejudo defined when chatting with TMZ. “I’m happy with my profession. There would solely be one struggle that might actually deliver me again, that might actually wake me up within the morning. That’s in opposition to aside from Ryan Garcia, that might be Alexander Volkanovski, that overgrown midget.
“I might like to make him bend the knee. He’s already midway there.”
Whereas Cejudo joined UFC greats like Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes when he claimed two titles in two totally different weight lessons concurrently, there’s by no means been a fighter to carry three totally different belts.
In truth, it’s by no means even been tried.
“I desire a third title as a result of I need to be totally different,” Cejudo stated. “There’s quite a lot of champ-champs. Clearly, there’s just one ‘Triple C.’ There’s just one Olympic champ, flyweight champ, bantamweight champion of the world but it surely’s simply to cement it and go within the historical past books as the best combined martial artist of all-time.”
Sadly, Cejudo may run into various roadblocks with the UFC if he actually needs to make that struggle occur.
UFC legend Georges St-Pierre had related designs on turning into a three-division champion after already holding belts at middleweight and welterweight. He tried to then ebook a struggle in opposition to reigning light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov however the UFC shortly shot down that concept as a result of St-Pierre made it clear he would solely be returning for that chance and possibly not sticking round to defend the belt afterwards.
It’s not clear if Cejudo can be keen to face Volkanovski, and stick round ought to he win the belt, but it surely’s seemingly the UFC wouldn’t have an interest except these have been the phrases.