Cory Sandhagen says Henry Cejudo getting an immediate title shot is “a little bit lame”
Cory Sandhagen is disappointed Henry Cejudo is getting an immediate title shot.
Cejudo retired after he defended his bantamweight title with a TKO victory over Dominick Cruz back in May of 2020. Yet, he has always talked about returning and he will as he will fight Aljamain Sterling for the bantamweight title at UFC 288 in May.
Although Cejudo is the former champ and a big name, Sandhagen admits him getting a title shot is a bit lame as there are other contenders.
“I guess I’m okay with it. I do think that you shouldn’t be able to pop out of retirement and then just fight for a belt,” Sandhagen said at UFC San Antonio media day. “That seems a little bit lame to me. You shouldn’t have returned in the first place if that was the case. That’s my opinion on it. As long as I’m not the one competing against Cejudo for the next title shot, which I don’t feel like I am, I could (not) kind of care less.”
Even though Cory Sandhagen thinks Henry Cejudo getting a title shot is lame, he is looking forward to the fight. He’s unsure how serious Cejudo has been training since he retired, but Sandhagen knows ‘Triple C’ can use his wrestling to win close rounds and possibly the fight.
“That’s actually a really interesting fight,” Sandhagen said. “You get two guys who are really good at wrestling, and usually what you get is a not-so-good kickboxing match, which could be what it is. But I also could see Cejudo using his takedowns just to nullify close rounds. I think that’ll probably be his path to victory: He’ll try to just score some takedowns – not really mess around with Aljamain too much on the floor, just nullify the striking that I feel like is probably going to be pretty close. It’s a tricky one. I have really no idea what Cejudo’s been up to except for making YouTube videos. It’ll be interesting to see.”
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime