‘Don’t Tell Me It’s Conor McGregor’- Henry Cejudo Makes His Claim to be the Best ‘Champ Champ’

Published 03/17/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Henry Cejudo poses for a portrait backstage 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)


Henry Cejudo sat down with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto and touched on the greatness he’s achieved as an MMA fighter. ‘Triple C’ made sure to let fans know that despite his status as a retired fighter, he was still very much a player. Furthermore, he fired a shot at Conor McGregor while comparing their legacies as ‘Champ-Champs’.

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Henry Cejudo last fought back in May, where he earned a stoppage win over Dominick Cruz. ‘The Messenger’ has wins over several future Hall of Famers as he reminded Okamoto and the fans. Furthermore, despite retiring, Cejudo has constantly been in the media teasing a potential return to action as he aspires to be a ‘Champ-Champ-Champ’

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

Given his legacy and the names he has beaten, he could get his wishes granted and fight a big name on his return.

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Henry Cejudo: In a league of his own

The former Olympian provided a deep dive into his resume that has earned him the status as one of the best. Cejudo rattled off some of the biggest names he’s scalped in his career to illustrate his point. Chiefly, it’s hard to argue with the facts when Henry Cejudo places his optics in such a direct manner.

“I really don’t miss it, the only thing is I’m great at it, I’m good at it. I’m just a great competitor man… None of those guys really appetize me, I wish they did. I wish there was a Demetrious Johnson there so there could be something for me to look forward to. Think about it, An Olympic Gold medal, two UFC belts, I beat three Hall of Famers man to receive and defend my three belts, Demetrious Johnson, TJ Dillashaw, and Dominick Cruz.”

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Henry Cejudo celebrates after his knockout victory over 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)

“Who is the greatest ‘champ champ’? Please don’t tell me it’s Conor, please. What I’m saying is I’m fully satisfied with my career. There’s no chip on my shoulder. These belts will always be my baby.”

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While a comeback isn’t on the cards immediately, fans can expect to see Henry Cejudo make a return in short order. What’s more, he’s looking to move up and test himself against featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. This would be a tremendous opportunity for Cejudo to move from ‘Triple C’ to ‘C4’.

What do you make of comments? Would he look to go one better than the numerous UFC champ champs?

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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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