Henry Cejudo has a serious plan of changing his moniker once he emerges as the new bantamweight kingpin.
Pulling off one of the biggest upsets last year, Cejudo snapped Demetrious Johnson’s many years of reign at 125-pound as he coasted to a decision victory to become the new flyweight champ.
Five months after, he added TJ Dillashaw to his list of victims as he defeated the 135-pound kingpin in the fifth fastest stoppage in UFC history.
With Dillashaw likely to sit out for a long time due to a failed USADA test, a rerun of their UFC Brooklyn clash would not happen anytime soon.
Now, ‘The Messenger’ declares himself as the new king of both the flyweight and bantamweight division after his rival decided to relinquish his title amid his PED-used controversy.
He has also anointed himself as the biggest name in the UFC right now.
If he becomes the next dual champion, he wants to be called a different nickname.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) January 20, 2019
A Triple Champion
Cejudo spoke to Helen Yee ahead of his next fight and said he doesn’t want to be called ‘The Messenger’ anymore if he adds another chip to his collection.
“I’m already a champ champ,” Cejudo declared, per BJPenn.com
“…already an Olympic champ and a UFC champ. I’m looking to be the triple champ. I told people, after June 8, after I win this fight, my nickname is officially going to change.”
“Not ‘The Messenger’, but it’s going to change to ‘Triple C.'”
But the path to becoming the UFC’s next simultaneous double champion is not going to be easy.
The flyweight kingpin will meet number one contender, Marlon Moraes in the main event of UFC 238, with the vacant bantamweight championship on the line.
The fight will take place on June 8 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Not An Average Fight
Moraes has won four straight fights since losing his promotional debut in 2017.
On top of this hot streak, the 31-year old Brazilian has secured the Performance of the Night honours in his last three fights for finishing Aljamain Sterling, Jimmie Rivera, and Raphael Assuncao respectively.
But Cejudo is not fazed with Moraes’ strong run as he considers himself the ‘greatest competitor of all-time.’
“He’s going against another animal,” Cejudo stressed.
“[Moraes] is going against the greatest combat athlete of all time. He’s going against the greatest competitor of all time. It’s not your average fight.”
“He can think I’m a flyweight all he wants — I guarantee I’ll be just as big as him, if not bigger.”
“TJ [Dillashaw] didn’t believe it, and look at him.”
The vacant UFC Bantamweight championship will be on the line as 2008 Olympic Gold medalist Henry Cejudo takes on Marlon Moraes. This will serve as the main event of UFC 238.#ufc238 pic.twitter.com/ZMkeicN78V
— UFC 238 Live Stream (@watchufc238) May 17, 2019
What do you think of Cejudo’s new nickname?
Will be saying goodbye to ‘The Messenger’ next month? Or will Moraes play spoiler?
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes)