Henry Cejudo Calls Cory Sandhagen the Second Best UFC Bantamweight, Reveals the Gameplan To Beat Him

Published 02/19/2021, 7:33 AM EST
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)


‘The Messenger’ Henry Cejudo announced his retirement from the UFC in 2020 after he defeated Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 to retain his belt. However, Cejudo, who is currently enjoying retirement, hasn’t stopped training and is currently with Bellator MMA’s Pitbull brothers.

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Last September, he trained with UFC middleweight ‘Borrachinha’ Paulo Costa. So, it’s fair to say despite not being an active fighter, ‘The Messenger’ hasn’t totally shifted his attention from the game. He has kept himself occupied and had some assessments on his former division, the 135lbs.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 06: Cory Sandhagen lands a flying knee to knock out Frankie Edgar in their bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

One fighter from the stacked bantamweight division that caught Cejudo’s attention was Cory Sandhagen. When asked by The Schmo if he was impressed with Sandhagen, Cejudo replied, “He’s probably in my opinion, probably the best 135 pounds other than me, but he just had to learn how to bring the fight to Sandhagen. He’s got to bring the fight that said you cannot give that kid space. He’s extremely dangerous.

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Triple-C‘ added, “He’s got talent, but if you don’t bring the fight, he’s gonna get you because the one thing that he does know very well and that’s distance and his composure, which is you know, which is the things that I look at when I watch a fighter.

Sandhagen provided probably the best performance of his career recently as he knocked out Frankie Edgar with a flying knee in 28 seconds.

Will Henry Cejudo ever fight again in the UFC?

Despite being a two-division world champion in the UFC and a former Olympic gold medalist, Cejudo doesn’t have too much mileage on him as a fighter. And at only 34, he is certainly still a problem for the current UFC roster. One can still claim that he is still the best bantamweight or flyweight on the planet.

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)

So it’s only fitting that he competes again inside the Octagon. The need for rest is understandable for him, as the sport is taxing to an athlete’s body. But, the man who never lost his belts can return when he wants and will be welcomed by the promotion with open arms.

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What did you make of Cejudo’s assessment of Cory Sandhagen? How will a fight between them go?

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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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