Henry Cejudo has no downside staying retired. But when he had been to return to competitors, a combat with up-and-coming boxer Ryan Garcia could be on the high of his want listing.
The previous UFC double champion advised ESPN’s Now or By no means on Tuesday that if any bout would get him to return again, it could be one towards Garcia, the 21-year-old boxing prodigy who’s promoted by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.
Cejudo and Garcia have been going back-and-forth on social media for weeks. Cejudo stated he could be prepared to face Garcia in a boxing match, however he proposed a hybrid combat with 10-ounce boxing gloves which have the fingers uncovered for grappling.
Beforehand, Cejudo, a former Olympic wrestling gold medalist, stated he’d most prefer to return towards UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. However the ex-UFC flyweight and bantamweight champ has modified his tune a bit.
“I believe Ryan Garcia could be the best payday ‘Triple C’ would ever get,” Cejudo stated. “It could be loads greater than any purse I did within the UFC. If there’s any combat that intrigues me between staying retired, between combating … Alexander Volkanovski or combating … Ryan Garcia, I just like the payday. Plus, it is simple cash as a result of he is fought no person.”
Cejudo added that he thinks Garcia is “one other Sean O’Malley,” referring to the extremely touted UFC bantamweight prospect, on the subject of unfounded hype.
“It makes me sick,” Cejudo stated.
Cejudo expressed curiosity in combating Volkanovski even earlier than Cejudo’s gorgeous retirement following a profitable bantamweight title protection over Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 on Could 9. Now, Cejudo stated he will not “chase” the featherweight champ, who defends his belt Saturday towards former titleholder Max Holloway at UFC 251.
Garcia advised ESPN’s Ariel Helwani final week that he’d be focused on combating Cejudo in each boxing and MMA.
“Let’s do it over right here [in boxing] first, get you some cash, get you knocked out, after which I am going to go to MMA,” Garcia stated. “If you happen to do not knock me out in MMA, you are a bum. I promise you: If you happen to do not submit me or do no matter you must do, you are trash.”
Cejudo stated Garcia “would not make it 30 seconds” with him in combined martial arts. A bout between the 2 looks as if an extended shot. Cejudo nonetheless has a UFC contract, and the promotion must OK every other combat deal or be a part of the co-promotion.
Cejudo (16-2) stepped away from MMA unexpectedly after six straight wins. ESPN nonetheless has him ranked No. three on its pound-for-pound fighter listing. Cejudo, 33, has a powerful résumé, together with being one in all 4 fighters to carry two UFC titles on the similar time. The Arizona resident has crushed the likes of Demetrious Johnson, TJ Dillashaw and Cruz, all former champions.
“Triple C” is outwardly now trying so as to add Garcia to that listing.
“Ryan Garcia, in case you are watching this … reply the decision, man, and signal the rattling contract,” Cejudo stated.