Henry Cejudo will solely be lured out of retirement if he can add extra gold to his assortment.
Cejudo (16-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC), the previous UFC bantamweight and flyweight champion, introduced his retirement in Could after defending his 135-pound title in opposition to Dominick Cruz at UFC 249.
With an Olympic gold medal in wrestling and UFC title defenses in each divisions, Cejudo has separated himself from the pack together with his fight sports activities accolades. Though he’s nonetheless in his prime, Cejudo isn’t fascinated with returning to the octagon for simply any combat. If he have been to make a comeback, he desires it to imply one thing to his legacy, and that might be to combat for a 3rd UFC belt.
“I really feel like me profitable a 3rd belt within the UFC would cement me as the best fighter of all time within the sport of blended martial arts, as a result of no person will be capable of try this however ‘Triple C,’” Cejudo instructed self-proclaimed “avenue journalist” Adam Glyn.
No fighter in historical past has gained three UFC titles, and Cejudo thinks he can turn out to be the primary man to do it. He’s already referred to as out featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and, though he thinks Max Holloway did sufficient to earn the choice of their UFC 251 co-main occasion, he’s blissful Volkanovski remains to be champion.
“I believed Holloway in all probability gained that combat,” Cejudo stated. “… Holloway gained, man. It’s unlucky. I used to be going for Volkanovski as a result of I believe it’s only a higher matchup for me. He’s solely about 2 inches taller than me, so I really feel like he’d be a greater matchup for me if we have been to ever combat – if he wasn’t so scared and never scared to signal the rattling contract.”