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Henry Cejudo Refutes Claims of Return

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For those of you who don’t know, a rumor circulated earlier this week regarding Henry Cejudo‘s return to MMA competition. As always, Cejudo himself did nothing but stoke the fire.

Cejudo (16-2-0 MMA) is always throwing his name out to return ever since his shock retirement in 2020, but nothing ever truly comes of it. Recently, his obsession has been with moving up to featherweight and facing Alexander Volkanovski for an opportunity to become “C4”, a champion in four different areas of the sport.

When “Triple C” retired, he was the UFC’s reigning bantamweight champion and had also recently vacated their flyweight belt. Add in his gold medal from the 2008 Olympic games and that makes for three titles, hence “Triple C”.

Due to his status as a multi-sport champion, Cejudo believed his check should reflect his accomplishments. However, UFC President Dana White disagrees.

Cejudo defended his flyweight title successfully before moving up to bantamweight and claiming the vacant belt following TJ Dillashaw’s relinquishment of the strap, and successfully defended that too. With four title victories and two title defenses, does Cejudo’s resume warrant a return match against the featherweight kingpin?

The rumors of his return spiked the sharpest when Chael Sonnen claimed that Cejudo’s name was back in the USADA testing pool, leading fans worldwide to believe that the Olympic gold medallist would indeed be putting the gloves on at least one more time.

Quoting Cejudo from his Twitter account, he said: “For those who listen to the fake news from none other than Uncle Chael. Bend the knee and show me the Green and I will jump back into the USADA pool.

The UFC has been at the public front of allegations made regarding fighter pay, and Cejudo’s complaints don’t seem to be misplaced based on this.

Cejudo reportedly took home $350,000 in his retirement fight, and while that isn’t a number to scoff at, it is significantly lower than what other champions net following a successful defense of their hard-earned gold.

Do you think Henry Cejudo will return to the octagon in 2022? Only time will tell.


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