‘It’s Either Him or a Bag Full of Money’- Former UFC Double Champ Henry Cejudo Will Return Under One Condition

Published 09/09/2021, 5:07 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Henry Cejudo prepares to fight Dominick Cruz in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Former two-division UFC champion, Henry Cejudo, sat down for a chat with Brian Custer at the Last Stand Podcast. Triple-C is currently retired from combat sports. He has been on a hiatus since successfully defending his belt against Dominick Cruz at UFC 249.

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Custer asked ‘The Messenger’ if he is still training and has plans to return to the sport of MMA anytime soon. Well, it seems like Cejudo still practices mixed martial arts. Also, the former Olympic gold medalist is open to returning. However, he laid out a few conditions for a return.

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“Alexander ‘The Average’ Volkanovski. He can, he can. He’s got a fight coming up September 25th,” said Cejudo while being asked if Volkanovski can lure him back out of retirement. Ironically, Cejudo was sitting with a pillow of Alexander Volkanovski.

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“I still train. I still do mixed martial arts. But I am not like in camp or doing anything like crazy heavy, but what I am doing with the time that I do have now, you know, I am studying, I am keeping my body fit. So, when the time does come, I am able to, you know, if the meeting with me and him does come about with the UFC, you know it will happen. But as of right now, it’s either him or a bag full of money,” he added.

Is Alexander Volkanovski vs Henry Cejudo the fight to make?

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Henry Cejudo is one of the finest athletes to ever grace the Octagon. After coming in as a wrestler, he made massive improvements in his striking game as well. Many believe the fight against Wilson Reis was the coming-out party for him. He has never looked back since.

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)

Volkanovski, on the other hand, is a force to be reckoned with for anybody in the featherweight division, as he has already added some of the greatest names of the division’s history to his list of wins.

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So, a fight between him and Cejudo is something fans will love to see. But the current champion has his second defense coming up against Brian Ortega soon. A win there and a dominant run could see the UFC offer ‘Triple C’ the money he craves for a return and a shot at featherweight gold.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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