“I Don’t Really Know if Henry’s a Draw”- Sean O’Malley Shares His Brutal Take on Henry Cejudo’s Return and Title Shot Ambitions

Published 04/13/2022, 2:33 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 26: Sean O’Malley poses on the scale during the UFC 260 weigh-in at UFC APEX on March 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Fans recently gave mixed reactions to former double champ Henry Cejudo entering the USADA pool. His return to the UFC octagon seems a little out-of-place given how interesting and busy the promotion already is. Sean O’Malley, however, believes that a fighter like Cejudo can’t be overlooked. 

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A former flyweight champion, Henry Cejudo, has been calling out fighters such as Alexander Volkanovski and Petr Yan for his return to the octagon. Although this might be a bout that challenges both fighters at a high level, the collision might not live up to what ‘Triple C’ thinks in terms of entertainment and fan frenzy. 

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Sean O’Malley thinks Cejudo might not be able to beat Alexander Volkanovski

In an interview with Helen Yee, Sean O’Malley talked about ‘The Messenger’ possibly fighting Volkanovski on his return. 

Yeah, that’s a super interesting fight. Both dudes shorter guys, stocky. It’s a super, super interesting fight. If any, I mean you can’t count Henry out… He’s a super good competitor. You just can’t really count him out.” 

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 10: (L-R) SeanO’Malley prepares to fight Kris Moutinho in their Bantamweight bout during UFC 264 at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

But I just don’t know if I really see him going in there and taking out Volkanovski. You know, Volkanovski’s got to be up there, pound-for-pound top three, right now, top two, maybe even. He’s super active, and he’s beaten the top guys, you know, Max, Zombie, Ortega.

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He further added, “But Henry brings you know, Henry’s got a completely different style than all of those guys. He’s got more like a similar style, Volkanovski. Yeah, it’s an interesting fight. Will the UFC make it? I don’t know. I don’t really know if Henry’s a draw. I don’t know if that’s like I mean, but Volkanovski doesn’t really have anyone else, maybe moves up? I don’t know, I’m curious how that all plays out.

Is Henry Cejudo searching for former glory with futility? 

Henry Cejudo is undoubtedly a UFC double champ, having beaten some big names. That being said, he retired from MMA a little too prematurely. This came back as a wake-up call for the former double champ after the UFC progressed to today’s level. 

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The fighter pay and entertainment quotient have increased drastically, and Cejudo now wants a piece of the action. This might be a little out of place since it seems as though the UFC is doing comfortably without him.

After all, the promotion is bigger than any single fighter, and Cejudo, who won’t get an immediate title shot, will need to work his way up against hungry contenders who will be eager to make their name against the former champion.

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Do you think ‘Triple C’ is a draw? What do you make of O’Malley’s comments? Can ‘The Messenger’ return and reclaim his lost glory?

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Rohit Raj

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Rohit Raj is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. As a Business student, Rohit’s love for the UFC was double-sided with the business of it being just as intriguing as the martial arts aspect of it. “Don't just fight, perform” is a quote that he believes drives the most entertaining fights of the UFC, with the likes of Conor McGregor, Chael Sonnen, and Israel Adesanya sweeping him off his feet with their skill as well as swagger and trash talk capabilities.

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