Henry Cejudo is confident he could reclaim the flyweight title with ease if he wanted to fight Deiveson Figueiredo.
At UFC 249, Cejudo scored a TKO win over Dominick Cruz to defend his bantamweight title for the first time. After the win, he announced his retirement from the sport, but he still has been hinting at a potential comeback. He has made it known he wants the Alexander Volkanovski fight to try and become a three-weight world champion, yet he also has his eyes on his old division of flyweight.
“Deiveson is strong, but when he goes to prepare to fight with me it will be different,” Cejudo said to Combate. “He doesn’t have wrestling, he doesn’t have the experience I have. One thing they talk about is that he has the composure and recognizes the distance very well. But when you fight a guy like Demetrious Johnson or fight (at) an Olympics and win, fighting Deiveson is like breaking a cookie.”
Although Cejudo is confident he would break Figueiredo, it’s unlikely the fight will even take place. “Triple C” is retired and at this time, it doesn’t seem like the UFC will pay him what he wants to be paid in order to return. However, there is no question if Cejudo and Figueiredo do fight it would be a phenomenal matchup. Figueiredo has legit KO power while Cejudo has wrestling and cardio.
Before Cejudo beat Cruz, he beat Marlon Moraes to win the vacant belt after scoring a first-round KO over TJ Dillashaw to defend his flyweight title. He also was the one who dethroned Demetrious Johnson’s legendary reign at flyweight.
Deiveson Figueiredo, meanwhile, is set to rematch Brandon Moreno on June 12. If he beats the Mexican, he does have other options like Askar Askar, but the Henry Cejudo fight would be intriguing.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime