Henry Cejudo is convinced he has what it takes to dethrone UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.
Unbeaten in the UFC, Volkanovski (23-1 MMA, 10-0 UFC) continued his reign over the 145-pound division last Saturday when he beat Brian Ortega in a “fight of the night” effort to retain his position. title in the main event of UFC 266.
Immediately after the fight, Cejudo (16-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) took the opportunity to call Volkanovski again, but the champ didn’t seem to take him too seriously. However, the former two-time UFC champion and Olympic gold medalist in wrestling seems more eager than ever to come out of retirement and begs UFC President Dana White to make sure the fight takes place. .
“Alexander ‘The Average’, that overgrown dwarf,” Cejudo said TMZ Sports. “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 an Olympic champion, man? Olympic champion, how are you going to doubt a flyweight champion and a two division champion in the UFC? It’s crazy. Anyone who doubts me is crazy. Let me go upstairs, man.
Volkanovski is on a remarkable 20-game winning streak dating back to 2013 and few have had an answer for his pace and well-balanced play. While Cejudo was impressed with his performance against Ortega, he saw some weaknesses in Volkanovsky’s game that he believes he can exploit.
A former UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion, Cejudo wants to become the first man in UFC history to win titles in three different divisions.
âNot only do I believe I can beat him, I know I can stop him,â Cejudo said. âAs much as I’ve seen good things from Volkanovski, there are still a lot of holes. I think my height would be a problem for him as he is a few inches taller than me. My speed, my struggle, my experience, I faced the best. OK Alexander ‘The Average’ had a great performance, it was a great fight, I just think I have the ‘it’ factor to beat this guy. Not only to beat this guy, but to stop him.
âLet me make history. If he’s that good, let him shut me up. Dana White, if you’re listening, that’s a real message. Forget the cringe, forget the character, it’s all me. I’m the greatest fighter of all time and I promise you, if you give me the chance, I’ll take this guy down in no less than three rounds.
Cejudo has not competed since the stoppage of former champion Dominick Cruz in May 2020. He is not exactly in top form, having bloated, which is why he believes a return to featherweight him. would suit best.
âI weigh 165 pounds, believe it or not,â Cejudo said. â145 would suit me perfectly. Again, if anyone doubts that spirit, if you think I won the Olympics because I was lucky or two belts, hate the grimace, whatever, I’m a creepy competitor, and i just want a challenge. I want a chance to inherit, and I want a chance to be the first three-time UFC champion, to win three belts on top of my Olympic gold medal. That’s it.”