Former UFC double-champ Henry Cejudo could soon end his exile from the UFC.
The former flyweight and bantamweight champion stepped way from the sport last year after defending his 135-pounds title against Dominick Cruz, with the vacant strap soon being taken by Petr Yan. However, after last weekend’s world title fight between Yan and Aljamain Sterling — which ended in a title-winning DQ for the American — Cejudo says he is plotting his return.
“I would personally like to line up both Petr Yan and Aljamain Curling-Sterling-Silver at the same time,” Cejudo said to ESPN. “You guys stay tuned, ‘Triple C’ is coming back! What’s up?”
It remains to be seen if Cejudo is serious in his intentions to resume his mixed martial arts career but the potential downfall for him would be that, if he is to come back, it would likely be some time before he works his way into a bantamweight title opportunity.
You know what’s crazy these guys are fighting over a sliver medal 🥈 watching these guys fight on Saturday let me know that I’m on another level on top of another level, on top of another level, on top of the other level. I’d stop both of these dude in no less than 2 @danawhite pic.twitter.com/bKIoBUTFJW
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) March 9, 2021
UFC boss Dana White said during the UFC 259 post-fight press conference that he will re-book the controversial Sterling-Yan fight as soon as possible, potentially holding up the title picture at 135-pounds for some time.
That isn’t to say, though, that there wouldn’t be a long list of potential opponents for a returning Cejudo (if he is serious) with him being an ideal foil for the winner of the mooted Cory Sandhagen vs. TJ Dillashaw bout.
Cejudo and Dillashaw have met once in the past, with Cejudo winning by TKO inside the first 30 seconds in the fight which led to Dillashaw’s two-year ban for ingesting banned substance EPO.