“That Doesn’t Help My Legacy at All”- Alexander Volkanovski Refuses to Fight Henry Cejudo

Published 11/30/2021, 1:23 PM EST

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Alexander Volkanovski has successfully defended his featherweight title twice as of now. His last victory was against Brian Ortega back in September at the UFC 266 and for now, Alexander’s next opponent isn’t decided yet. Given that uncertainty, the idea of him fighting Henry Cejudo has been a topic for hot debate.

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Henry Cejudo’s manager Ali Abdelaziz hinted at Henry’s comeback from retirement. Cejudo retired from the octagon back in May 2022. The team is trying to propose a comeback fight with Alexander for the UFC featherweight title in February.

However, ‘The Great’ is not very pleased with this. During his recent interview with John Hyun Ko of The AllStar, he explained why the fight isn’t beneficial for him. He said, “The UFC ain’t taking him serious. I guarantee the UFC aren’t paying him what he wants.”

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“But the UFC isn’t throwing anything to me so I’m not going to waste my time by pretending to hype it up.”

It’s a win-win situation for him if he goes to the featherweight division and fights me. He loses, does that look that bad on his end? Not really… But at the end of the day, people are gonna be it’s a featherweight beating a flyweight-bantamweight. That doesn’t help my legacy at all. His legacy, if he wins, that’s huge. If he loses, it doesn’t affect much because I feel like he’s expected to lose,” added Volkanovski.
Alexander was incredibly respectful of Cejudo’s career in his interview, but added that he would have to do more to prove himself ‘the greatest athlete’.

Will Alexander Volkanovski vs Henry Cejudo happen?

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As Alexander explained in the interview, it is highly unlikely the two legends will fight immediately. Alexander is on a staggering 20-fight winning streak. Cejudo needs to first get his momentum by fighting some good fighters before getting in the octagon with Alexander.

But if the money bag is right, you never know, Henry might be fighting his first match after retirement against Volkanovski.

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