Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Manager Backs Henry Cejudo to Return Big Time

Published 10/13/2021, 7:38 AM EDT


Former UFC two-division champion, Henry Cejudo, has openly called out the current UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski on multiple occasions. ‘Triple C’ hasn’t competed in the octagon since his UFC bantamweight title defense against Dominick Cruz at UFC 249. He announced his retirement after the fight but is itching to fight again, and there is only one man in his sights, Alexander Volkanovski.

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Many people have questioned Cejudo over the fact that if he comes back and wins, he’ll retire again. That will be bad for the whole featherweight division.

Ali Abdelaziz, the manager of ‘Triple C’, recently clarified the situation.

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In a recent interview, Abdelaziz said, “I will never be involved if I think Henry will beat Alexander and move on, I will never be involved. I value the relationship with the UFC and Dana… When I asked Henry last Thursday night, ‘if you win this title would you defend it?’, he said ‘absolutely, I would defend it and if I lose, I’ll go down to 135.'” 

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Ali also mentioned that Henry just wanted to take a step back when he retired. Abdelaziz said, “He competed on such a high level since he was 12 years old… Sometimes not only physically, but mentally. He wanted to miss the competition. Right now, he’s in the gym, he’s helping with coaching, and he just wanted to compete.”

Cejudo is helping Zhang Weili train for her title fight against Rose Namajunas. Deiveson Figueiredo has also shifted his camp to America to train with Cejudo for his title fight against Brandon Moreno.

Henry Cejudo and Alexander Volkanovski want the fight

Henry Cejudo is one of the most accomplished names in combat sports history. He is an Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling and is a former two-division UFC champion. After winning the UFC flyweight title in 2018, Henry moved up a division and became the UFC bantamweight champion as well.

Henry wants to fight again, and he wants to fight Alexander Volkanovski. Both fighters have been going back and forth on social media and on interviews. Cejudo, after UFC 266, where Volkanovski defended his title against Brian Ortega, took a shot at him on Twitter.

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‘Triple C’ said, “I’m gonna take Alexander the Average’s soul.” 

In the press conference after UFC 266, Volkanovski responded, “F**k Henry Cejudo. I’ll squash the little germ.”

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Henry Cejudo is looking to make history. If he gets the fight and wins, he will become the first person to become a three-division champion in UFC history.

What do you make of a potential matchup between Henry Cejudo and Alexander Volkanovski? Should the UFC make the fight happen? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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