“Listen He Retired”- Dana White Says It’s Tough to Give Henry Cejudo a Title Fight Against Alexander Volkanovski

Published 10/06/2021, 8:46 AM EDT
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)


Current UFC featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski, and former UFC bantamweight and flyweight champion, Henry Cejudo, have been going at each other ever since UFC 266. This has piqued the interest of fans who want to see them collide. ‘Triple C’ has called out the current featherweight champion several times now and has even asked Dana to make the fight happen.

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Unfortunately, Dana White is not very keen to entertain the idea of Henry Cejudo entering the octagon to face Alexander Volkanovski.

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In a press conference after the latest Dana White’s Contender Series episode, Dana White’s words showed his apprehension in booking this fight. He said, “Listen, he retired. You’ve been off all this whole time, and you wanna come back and fight Volkanovski. And jump the line and jump over Max and all these other guys who have been here? It is a tough conversation.”

Henry Cejudo and Alexander Volkanovski- Will they fight?

Former two-division UFC champion Cejudo hasn’t competed since his last fight against Dominick Cruz at UFC 249. However, that hasn’t stopped him from calling out a host of names in the UFC. The latest one on his list is Alexander Volkanovski. Cejudo called ‘The Great’ out after he defended his title against Brian Ortega at UFC 266.

Ever since the callout, both fighters have had a few interactions. Cejudo called him out saying, “I’m gonna take Alexander the Average’s soul.” 

Volkanovski was quick to respond, and in the presser after his win against Ortega, he said, “F**k Henry Cejudo. I’ll squad the little germ.”

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Cejudo recently had an interview in which he addressed the possibility of his return. He said, “I will come out of retirement if Dana White wants to see the fight, if he wants to see history. I ain’t no Georges St-Pierre where I’m going to go in there, cherry-pick Michael Bisping, and then take off. GSP cherry-picked Bisping. With me, I’m going up against the number 3 pound-for-pound best fighter, probably the greatest featherweight in history. I either beat him or get my a** beat.”

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We’ll have to wait and see what developments take place in the future. In the meantime, the winner of Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez is tipped to challenge Volkanovski next. The fight will take place at UFC Fight Night 197 on November 13, 2021. Hence, Cejudo may not be in the reckoning until ‘The Great’ makes his third defense.

If Holloway wins, and if ‘The Great’ goes 3-0 against ‘Blessed’, would the UFC be left with no option but Cejudo? Let us know.

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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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