Khabib Nurmagomedov Foresees No Fights for Henry Cejudo at Flyweight and Bantamweight in the UFC

Published 07/31/2021, 1:27 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, FL – MAY 09: Henry Cejudo of the United States looks on in the bantamweight title fight against Dominick Cruz (not pictured) of the United States during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 9, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)


In a sport such as MMA where most legends are forced to retire on the back of multiple losses, Henry Cejudo was one of the very few people who had the privilege of going out on top. ‘Triple C’ retired in 2020 after stopping Dominick Cruz and defending his bantamweight belt. With his win, he became one of the very few people to not only win a belt in two different weight classes, but also defend it. 

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Given that Cejudo was just entering his prime and had a lot of time left in the sport, his decision to retire perplexed many. However, ‘The Messenger’ was adamant that he wanted to retire on top, just as he did with wrestling. And that is exactly what he did. Despite walking away, he has never shied away from the fact that he would return to fight once again for the right opportunity and at the right price. 

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In a recent interview, Khabib Nurmagomedov was asked what should be next for Henry Cejudo. ‘The Eagle’ shared his thoughts on the matter and said, “I think they need someone become like good like big star. Win a couple of times, bring something. He (Cejudo) can bring so much on the table. I don’t think anyone in bantamweight or flyweight can bring so much like him on the table. Because when he gonna go to the cage he’s going to bring Olympic gold medal, Flyweight, and bantamweight belt. What they gonna bring?”

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‘Triple C’ shared his thoughts on what he wanted next. He said, “You know what I would love? If it was up to me, Khabib? I would love to fight for another belt, legacy…. Or money. I don’t mind fighting Petr Yan in Russia if they pay me right.”

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Could we see Henry Cejudo make a comeback?

Cejudo has always been very adamant about making a comeback and fighting at featherweight to become the only person to have won belts in three divisions in the UFC. However, given that he does not intend on defending it and just wants one fight to secure a third belt, it is unlikely that the UFC will allow him to do that.  

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If one of the bantamweights can win the belt, and defend it a few times in dominant fashion, it might tempt ‘Triple C’ back into action. But as of right now, Nurmagomedov’s words seem to hold true. What do you make of ‘The Eagle’s comments?

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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