Henry Cejudo Compares His Legacy in MMA to LeBron James Winning a Super Bowl Ring

Published 03/17/2021, 7:48 AM EDT


Former two-division UFC champion Henry Cejudo spoke to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto and went in on his legacy in MMA. ‘Triple C’ was asked to share his views on UFC 259’s bantamweight title fight debacle and he was sure to deliver soundbites. Cejudo compared his legacy to some of the other top-tier athletes across various sports.

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Chiefly, Henry Cejudo has one of the most decorated resumes in all of MMA ever since he defeated Demetrious Johnson. Since then he’s rattled off star-making performances in succession, including his retirement fight back in May. He defeated Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 and decided to step away from the sport.

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Henry Cejudo: Testing the waters of greatness

The former Olympian had a unique perspective on Aljamain Sterling’s recent title win that came off a disqualification. Chiefly, he believed that the move was warranted and actually said he would have done the same in his position.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Henry Cejudo is interviewed by Megan Olivi after his victory during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)

“The majority of all fighters will say yes [accept DQ to win a championship belt], not the majority of all competitors. If I was losing the fight, I would actually pull the same sh*t as Aljamain Sterling because to me it’s all about winning.”

‘Triple C’: Toe to Toe with Michael Jordan and LeBron James?

Henry Cejudo compared the rarity of his own legacy to the possible case that LeBron James could win a Super Bowl. Fans have come to expect hyperbolic stances from Cejudo at this point, and he always delivers.

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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)

“I am the greatest winner that’s ever stepped into that damn octagon. If Michael Jordan was to go as he did into baseball and win a World Series ring. It’s like LeBron James was to go into football and win a Super Bowl ring. Nobody has done that, I’ve done it in two sports, so when I’m saying is, it’s all about winning. Aljamain Sterling, I give you a high five, I salute you. You ugly dirtbag.”

Triple C’ certainly has his sights set on a return if the stars align perfectly in terms of match-ups and paydays. He believes he’s one of the biggest stars in the sport, and it’s hard to argue with the resume that he’s created. Moreover, there are several high-profile match-ups that are worth entertaining in order to make an emphatic comeback.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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