Henry Cejudo called Alexander Volkanovski an “overgrown dwarf” as he offers to come out of retirement to fight the UFC featherweight champion.
The insult may be odd, given at 5-foot-4, the American admits to being two inches shorter than Volkanovski, who beat Brian Ortega in his main fight at UFC 266 on Saturday night.
Cejudo, a former UFC bantamweight and flyweight champion, hasn’t fought since May 2020 but is now looking at history with no fighter ever winning the belt in three different divisions.
And in an extraordinary attack on the Australian, the 34-year-old also called him “average” and vowed not only to beat him in the octagon, but to stop him early.
Speaking to TMZ, Cejudo said, “Average Alexander, that overgrown dwarf. 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 UFC two-division champion ? This is crazy. Anyone who doubts me is insane mad. “
Volkanovski, who is celebrating his 33rd birthday today, is on a 20-game winning streak dating back to December 2013, but Cejudo said he was anything but the finished article.
“Not only do I believe I can beat him, I know I can stop him.
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“As 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 fight, my experience, I was there against the best. Okay, Alexander the average had a great performance, it was a great fight, I just think I have the postman ‘that’ to beat that man. “
Cejudo won his Olympic gold in freestyle wrestling in Beijing 2008, and his last fight in the UFC was a successful bantamweight title defense against Dominick Cruz.
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He retired after that due to a lack of competition, but has now begged UFC President White to grant his wish.
“Let me make the story. Dana White, if you’re listening, that’s a real message. Forget the grimace, forget the character, it’s all right on me: I’m the greatest combat athlete 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.
“I want a chance for a legacy. 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.”