Former UFC two-division champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo has called for a future clash with current UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.
Cejudo spoke to TMZ Sports and was asked if he was interested in taking on Volkanovski after the Australian champion’s last title defense against Brian Ortega at UFC 266 this weekend. Cejudo responded with the following call, saying he believed he would eliminate Volkanovsky in three rounds.
“Of course man, Alexander ‘The Average’ man,” Cejudo said. “That overgrown dwarf, he knows that. That’s the thing, it’s not even a challenge against that ugly face. It’s really a challenge against Dana White. How are you going to doubt a champion. Olympic? How are you going to doubt a flyweight champion and a two division champion in the UFC? He’s a mad man. Anyone who doubts me is a mad man. Not only do I think I could beat him, like I know I could stop him. As much as I saw good things from Volkanovsky, there are still a lot of holes. I think my height will be a problem for him as he is a few inches taller than me. My speed, my struggle, my experience, I’ve been in there against the best. If he’s that good, let him shut me up. But I challenge all of you. Dana White, if you’ll listen , this is a real message. Forget the grimace, forget the character, this is I am the greatest combat athlete of all time and I promise you, give me this oppor tunity, I’m gonna knock this guy out in less than 3 rounds. “
He went on to explain that he would have no problem upgrading to 145 pounds and ultimately wants to become the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in three different weight classes. Cejudo hasn’t competed since May 2020, where he beat former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz via a second-round TKO at UFC 249 and retired following the victory.
“I weigh 165 pounds, believe it or not” Cejudo said. “145 would suit me perfectly. I’m a creepy competitor and just want a challenge. I want a legacy chance. I want a chance to be the first three-time UFC champion to win three belts in addition to my medal. Olympic gold. That’s it, that’s all I want. Alexander ‘The Average’ it would be just another opponent that I would strategize and stick to the game plan and I would I guarantee you man, the UFC is giving me a chance, I’m going to beat this man and we can do it in Sydney, Australia. “
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