Henry Cejudo Set to Make Comeback

 

Cejudo, who is among the only UFC double champions in the league’s history, is making a comeback to the sport. According to Ali Abdelaziz, his manager, Cejudo reentered the USADA’s drug-testing pool in April. This indicates that Cejudo, who holds an Olympic gold medal for wrestling, is ending his retirement after two years.

Cejudo Ends Retirement Early After Title Fights in Two Divisions

Based on the UFC’s anti-doping policy, fighters that reenter the pool have to undergo half a year of drug testing before they can enter the ring again. This comes after two UFC title fights in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions took place early-April. 

In a match against Chan Sung Jung, Alexander Volkanovski retained his UFC featherweight title. This didn’t come as a surprise because most UFC betting sites listed Volkanovski as a -750 favorite. Moreover, Aljamain Sterling faced off Petr Yan at UFC 273 to unify the bantamweight title. Although Yan was the -480 on the best UFC betting sites, the match turned out in Sterling’s favor, who was a +350 underdog. Both divisions interest Cejudo, who is a former UFC bantamweight and flyweight champion.

Looking to Win Three UFC Titles

It seemed like the fights definitely inspired Cejudo to make a comeback, who excitedly tweeted that he’s getting back in the pool. His manager said that he’ll be focusing on training and that he never stopped. He went on to say that Henry will go on to reclaim the bantamweight title, and then a win in the featherweight division. This would make him the only UFC fighter to have three world titles to his name.

While it may seem like a lot to accomplish, let’s not forget that that Cejudo has won two titles before. In 2020, he made the surprise announcement that he was retiring at UFC 249. This was in the post-match interview after he defeated Dominick Cruz and successfully retained his bantamweight title. 

Before retiring, he was on an impressive fix-fight winning streak, which made him one of the best fighters in the pound-to-pound category.

Cejudo Started Coaching at Fight Ready Since Retiring

After relinquishing his bantamweight title, Cejudo stepped away from the fighting scene. Since then, he focused on coaching at the Fight Ready MMA gym in Scottsdale. There, he worked with and trained MMA champions like Jiri Prochazka, Zhang Weili, Cris Cyborg, Job Jones, and Deiveson Figueiredo.

Cejudo Calls Out Volkanovski on Social Media

After the title fights, Cejudo took to Twitter to call out Volkanovski on Sunday. Replying to an ESPN MMA tweet featuring a quote from Volkanovski, Cejudo said that the featherweight champion inspired him to come back.  

He also said that he would take Volkanovski down and choke him out faster than a ‘McGregor relapse.’ Hence, it seems like Triple C is looking to make a comeback and taking a shot at the featherweight title. Ahead of the six month testing phase, he spoke to interviewers about what pushed him to make the decision. Cejudo mentioned that he spoke to his manager and is serious about reentering the USADA pool. He also mentioned other fighters that he could end up fighting, naming Volkanovski as the top contenders.

“Either is Good” for Henry Cejudo

When asked whether he would approach the bantamweight title or featherweight title first, he said that either option is fine with him. He said that whether he goes up and then comes down, or goes the other way around, he can beat both champions.  Going on Twitter to share a clip of his show with Schmo, he also Tweeted the “return of the king.”

Henry Cejudo Last Fought in 2020 to Defend the Title

Before building a reputation as a media personality and head coach at the Fight Ready MMA gym, the UFC champion fought in both bantamweight and flyweight divisions. At his last match at UFC 249, he defended the bantamweight title against the former champion Dominick Cruz. 

In the second round, he delivered a TKO that established his legacy. But immediately after winning, he announced his retirement and walked away, vacating the title in the process. Nevertheless, it seems like there’s a lot of work left for him to do.