Henry Cejudo is assured he has what it takes to dethrone UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.
Unbeaten within the UFC, Volkanovski (23-1 MMA, 10-0 UFC) continued his reign over the 145-pound division this previous Saturday when he battered Brian Ortega in a “Fight of the Night” effort to retain his title in the principle occasion of UFC 266.
Immediately after the battle, Cejudo (16-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) took the chance to name Volkanovski out but once more, however the champion didn’t seem to take him too critically. However, the previous UFC twin champion and Olympic gold medalist in wrestling seems extra eager than ever to return out of retirement and is pleading with UFC president Dana White to make the battle occur.
“Alexander ‘The Average,’ this overgrown midget,” Cejudo informed TMZ Sports. “This is the thing: It’s not even a challenge against this ugly face. It’s really a challenge against Dana White. How are you gonna doubt an Olympic champ, dude? Olympic champ, how are you gonna doubt a flyweight champ and a two-division champ in the UFC? It’s crazy. Anybody that would doubt me is freaking crazy. Let me go up, man.”
Volkanovski is on a exceptional 20-fight successful streak courting again to 2013 and few have had a solution for his tempo and well-rounded recreation. While Cejudo was impressed together with his efficiency towards Ortega, he noticed some weaknesses in Volkanovski’s recreation that he believes he can exploit.
A former UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion, Cejudo needs a shot to grow to be the primary man in UFC historical past to win titles throughout three completely different divisions.
“Not only do I believe that I can beat him, I know I can stop him,” Cejudo mentioned. “As a lot as I noticed good issues from Volkanovski, there are nonetheless numerous holes. I imagine my top could be an issue for him as a result of he’s a pair inches taller than me. My pace, my wrestling, my expertise, I’ve been in there towards the perfect. OK, Alexander ‘The Average’ had an incredible efficiency, it was an incredible battle, I simply imagine that I’ve the ‘it’ issue to beat this dude. Not solely to beat this dude, however to cease him.
“Allow me to make history. If he’s that good, allow him to shut me up. Dana White, if you’re listening, this is a real message. Forget the cringe, forget the persona, this is straight up me. I am the greatest combat athlete of all time and I promise you, if you give me the opportunity, I will knock this dude out in no less than three rounds.”
Cejudo hasn’t competed since stopping former champion Dominick Cruz in May 2020. He isn’t precisely in peak form, having ballooned up, which is why he thinks a return at featherweight could be finest suited to him.
“I’m 165 pounds, believe it or not,” Cejudo mentioned. “145 would fit me perfect. Again, if anybody doubts this mind, if you think I won the Olympics because I got lucky or two belts, hate the cringe, whatever the hell, I’m a freaking competitor, and I just want a challenge. I want a shot at legacy, and I want a shot to be the first UFC triple champ, to win three belts on top of my Olympic gold medal. That’s it.”