Even in retirement, Henry Cejudo is causing Dana White some headaches.
The former UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion (and Olympic gold medalist, don’t you forget it) has recently made ructions about wanting to resume his fight career with a challenge towards Alexander Volkanovski, with ‘Triple C’ wanting to add the Aussie’s featherweight strap to his extensive collection of gold.
Volkanovski, fresh off another title defence against Brian Ortega, hasn’t really bitten on Cejudo’s challenges — and judging by Dana White’s comments when speaking to the media in Las Vegas on Tuesday, he isn’t interested either.
Dana White tonight on Henry Cejudo: “Listen, he retired. You’ve been off all this time and you want to come back and fight Volkanovski and jump the line and jump over Max and all these other guys that have been there? It’s a tough conversation.”
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) October 6, 2021
“Listen, he retired,” White said, via MMA reporter Shaun Al-Shatti. “You’ve been off all this time and you want to come back and fight Volkanovski and jump the line and jump over Max and all these other guys that have been there? It’s a tough conversation.”
For now, it’s a conversation that White seems intent not to have. Cejudo left the organising on somewhat fractious terms after complaining about fighter pay — vacating his world title in the process. But with the possibility of becoming the UFC’s first-ever three-division champion a legitimate proposition, Cejudo doesn’t seem likely to quieten down anytime soon.