‘I Still Feel That’s Holloway’s Belt’- Henry Cejudo Aims for UFC Return in 2021 Against ‘Overgrown Baboon’ Alexander Volkanovski

February 19, 2021 11:23 pm

‘The Messenger’ Henry Cejudo is enjoying retirement life at the moment, which he announced after successfully defending his belt against Dominick Cruz at UFC 249. However, many fans and experts want to see ‘Triple-C’ back in action again.

Recently, when speaking to ‘The Schmo’ in an interview, Cejudo underlined the conditions upon which he will make an Octagon comeback. He wants UFC President Dana White to compensate him well enough to be enticed to fight again. Also, he had some choice words for current featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.

I gotta talk to Uncle Dana. You know, show me the money, and Triple C will make them all bend the knee. Alexander Volkanovski, you overgrown baboon, where is he? Is he up here? Give it to me, Schmo. Volkanovski overgrown baboon. I’m coming for you. I’m coming for you,” said Cejudo.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Henry Cejudo talks with UFC president Dana White after announcing his retirement in the Octagon after his 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)

I think he’d beat Ortega. I think his stand up and I’m going for Ortega, but I think his stand up is just a lot more solid. He’s a tank, and he’s shorter. People will never talk about how hard is to fight somebody shorter. They do not smaller limbs. Harder to target hit because of you know, because we’re fun size.

“Anyhow, I got Alexander the average. The decision-maker, which I still feel like that’s Holloway’s belt. I see better decisions at 90-day fiance. Anyhow, they can all bend the knee,” added ‘The Messenger‘.

Should Henry Cejudo fight Alexander Volkanovski?

Cejudo has already captured the flyweight and bantamweight belts in the UFC. The third title at featherweight will be an unprecedented feat for ‘Triple-C’. So, it’s understandable why he wants to fight Volkanovski. However, one has to take into account that he will massively undersized in the featherweight division.

But Volkanovski needs to hold to his belt for him and Cejudo ever clashing paths. Even if he beats Ortega at UFC 260, Max Holloway is right in the wings to get his shot at redemption. ‘Blessed’ looked better than ever in his last outing against Calvin Kattar in the first fight card of the year. The Hawaiian looks set for redemption and to get his belt back.

However, if Cejudo actually wants to return, he will need something enticing on the table for him. His resume is already one of the most decorated in the UFC. So, just fighting contenders isn’t quite lucrative for him anymore. He needs big names and new challenges that offer him some big paydays for a return to the Octagon. A fight against Volkanovski certainly fulfills that criteria.

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Apratim Banerjee

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. Dan Henderson’s brutal knockout against Michael Bisping at UFC 100 in 2009 is one of his earliest memories of the sport. He has never missed a UFC PPV or a Fight Night since, which speaks volumes about his wealth of MMA knowledge.

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