Former UFC bantamweight and flyweight champion, Henry Cejudo, has retired from the game. Nevertheless, he keeps a sharp eye on proceedings both in his old divisions and the entire company. ‘The Messenger’ talked to Helen Yee Sports in an interview covering Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s return, Israel Adesanya’s skill set, and of course, his return to the octagon.
Yee asked Cejudo about the middleweight champion Adesanya’s prospects to become a double champ like himself. ‘The Last Stylebender’ is fighting the current light heavyweight champion, Jan Blachowicz, at UFC 259.
‘Triple C’ said, “I think he’s gonna knockout the “Polish Nightmare,” I really do. I think he’s gonna knock him out just because nobody fights Israel with tactics.”
Subsequently, the Olympic gold medallist added that he hadn’t seen a plan B from Adesanya. He used Jose Aldo and Max Holloway as examples of one-dimensional fighters and said, “Man, lemme see your wrestling, lemme see your jiu-jitsu.Make me feel like you are going to be pound-for-pound, but I don’t see that yet.”
Cejudo said, “Even though I do see him win that second belt. We are yet to see the best out of him if he’s able to make those transitions and start mixing more of his fight into things like that.”
Henry Cejudo and his glittering professional career
Cejudo is quite possibly the greatest man of all time in combat sports. ‘The Messenger’ has two UFC belts and is an Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling.
Cejudo’s last fight was at UFC 249 against Dominick Cruz, where he defended his bantamweight belt by knocking ‘The Dominator’ out in the second round. He announced his retirement from the UFC after the fight, but that hasn’t stopped the surrounding rumors.
A return to the UFC seems imminent for “Triple C” as he is young and has the possibility of history to lure him back to the cage. He hasn’t refrained from calling people out while he’s on the sidelines, and it will interest UFC fans to see what path his career takes from here on.
‘Triple C’ has several potential suitors, like featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, to fight in a third division and become the first man to hold UFC titles in three separate divisions. He could also come back to fight at 135, where the current champion Petr Yan will defend his title against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259.
For now, though, he seems to be quite a good analyst. What do you make of his comments on Israel Adesanya’s champ-champ quest?
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