It seems Dana White hasn’t even considered the idea of Henry Cejudo fighting for the UFC featherweight title.
When Max Holloway was forced to retire from his trilogy fight against featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 272, former two-time champion Cejudo (16-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) cast his name in the hat.
Cejudo retired after defending his bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 and the only fight that seemed to gauge his interest in a potential comeback is Volkanovski (23-1 MMA, 10-0 UFC). But according to White, he’s not in a position to get a title shot after being sidelined.
“I can tell you this: The ‘Korean Zombie’ (Chan Sung Jung) got into a fight here,” White told BT Sport. “This guy is retired. How many years has he been gone now, and he wants to come and fight Alexander Volkanovsky? You have guys like Zombie, Josh Emmett, Giga (Chikadze) fighting this weekend. You have these guys who are here to do it three times a year and are making progress. For Cejudo to retire and then think he should be able to get in and jump into any weight division and take on the champion, that’s not how it works.
The UFC has chosen to go with Jung, who will face Volkanovski at UFC 273 on April 9. Chikadze will face Calvin Kattar in the UFC main event on ESPN 32 on Saturday and could become the next title challenger with a win.
As for Cejudo, his quest for a third UFC title will have to wait. But the former champion weighed on Twitter and said, among other things, that whites are “scared” and the UFC is a “monopoly”.
No crown. No grinding of teeth. No gadget. Just facts …
I said @ AliAbdelaziz00 “Make this fight happen.” This is not a GSP situation, I would defend the belt. The UFC and Dana White don’t want to give me a chance to make history. Dana is afraid. It is a monopoly.
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– Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) January 14, 2022
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