Henry Cejudo is one step closer to fighting again.
Cejudo shockingly retired following his TKO win over Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 to defend his bantamweight title for the first time. The news shocked many and after the event, Cejudo made it clear he wanted to be paid more money but after UFC 273 which saw the featherweight and bantamweight titles on the line, ‘Triple C’ said he will be re-entering the USADA testing pool, and his manager confirmed the news.
The King @HenryCejudo is back. Hide your wife and hide your kids, nobody is safe.
— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) April 11, 2022
“The King @HenryCejudo is back. Hide your wife and hide your kids, nobody is safe,” Abdelaziz wrote on social media.
It shouldn’t be a massive surprise to see Cejudo back as he has hinted at a return for quite some time. He also says UFC 273 is the reason why he decided to come back.
@alexvolkanovski you’ve inspired me to come back. When it comes to wrestling…you couldn’t pin a tweet. I would take you down and choke you out quicker than a McGregor relapse. Sign the contract. https://t.co/3gX1oI1bNO
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) April 10, 2022
“@alexvolkanovski you’ve inspired me to come back,” Cejudo said on Twitter. “When it comes to wrestling, you couldn’t pin a tweet. I would take you down and choke you out quicker than a [Conor] McGregor relapse. Sign the contract.”
Henry Cejudo (16-2) is the former flyweight and bantamweight champion and ended his career on a six-fight win streak. As mentioned, he last fought back in May of 2020 where he TKO’d Cruz to defend his 135lbs strap for the first time. Prior to that, he TKO’d Marlon Moraes to win the vacant bantamweight title.
Cejudo won the flyweight belt in August of 2018 as he defeated Demetrious Johnson by split decision. He defended that title once as he knocked out TJ Dillashaw in just 32 seconds.
As of right now, Cejudo will need to be in the USADA testing pool for six months before he returns. With that, though, it gives time for Sterling to face Dillashaw and Volkanovski to face someone else and Triple C can then come back and face either as it’s likely he will fight for the belt in his return.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime