Dana White Weighs in On Henry Cejudo’s Shock Unretirement

UFC President Dana White is apparently not thrilled about the idea of Henry Cejudo coming out of retirement to pursue a third UFC title belt.

Henry Cejudo originally retired in May of this year after beating Dominick Cruz in the second round of their fight at UFC 249. In less than a couple of months after announcing his retirement, Cejudo has apparently about-faced in order to potentially challenge for the UFC featherweight championship.

Dana White Not Entertaining a Cejudo Comeback

White was asked about a potential comeback for Cejudo in a post-fight news conference on UFC on ESPN 11. Journalists present at the conference commented that he didn’t seem thrilled about the idea.

The UFC President said, “He’s retired. I just did another interview where people are asking me about other retired guys, these guys are retired. I’m not even thinking about any of those guys, they’re retired. There are so many kids right now that are here, that want to fight. Those are the people that I’m focused on.”

Although history has taught us that retirement rarely means retirement in the UFC, Cejudo has changed his mind so quickly that this has likely rubbed the UFC the wrong way.

Cejudo’s quick comeback, many have speculated, was simply a ploy to vacate the bantamweight title and attempt to become a three-weight world champion.

Cejudo vs. Volkanovski in the Making?

A matchup between Cejudo versus current UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski already has some weight behind it.

Cejudo has already stepped up and called out Volkanovski for a fight. The champion responded, thus potentially laying the foundation for a big money fight in the future.

Even though the UFC may be disdainful of the idea of letting Cejudo back into the fold so soon after his alleged retirement, there’s no doubt that White will act if he sees money on the table. And a fight between the dominant champion Volkanovski and a man looking to become a three-weight UFC champion could draw big money.

A Cejudo win would allow him to make history as a triple champion within the UFC, which is something nobody else has yet achieved. A marker like this would place Cejudo into the conversation of ‘the greatest fighter’ in UFC history.

A Potential 2021 Return for Cejudo

The dust may not have settled on Cejudo’s retirement just yet, but there’s definitely potential for a future comeback. Fighters like Conor McGregor have retired in the past only to come back for a super fight.

In the imminent future, the UFC bantamweight title will be on the line to crown a new champion as Petr Yan takes on Jose Aldo on July 11th.

On the very same card, Cejudo will be able to watch Volkanovski in action as he takes on former featherweight champion Max Holloway in the co-main event.

With the chaos surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and fights locked in for the champion Volkanovski, it could be at least a year before Cejudo can make his return.

But White will be looking to see evidence of big money on the table before he even considers welcoming back Cejudo to the Octagon.

 

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6 July 2020
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