Henry Cejudo is ready to relinquish one of his Ultimate Fighting Championship belts as he does not want to deal with so much stress brought by being a two-weight champion.
The Olympic gold medalist made history at UFC 238 last June after winning the vacant bantamweight championship to become the next fighter to hold two belts simultaneously.
He joined the likes of Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, and Amanda Nunes in that exclusive list.
Unluckily, ‘Triple C’ suffered a shoulder injury from his clash against Marlon Moraes, which puts him on the sideline until early 2020.
The promotion hasn’t booked Cejudo for his next official fight, not only because Cejudo is still recovering from an injury but is also uncertain about his future.
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In a recent interview with ESPN, Cejudo said he wants to be back on his 100% first before deciding on his next move.
“I think I have about a month left. I think I have three to four weeks before I can start training so I imagine around the first week of November that I’ll be 100 per cent ready.”
“I don’t want to make a decision – it sucks that I say that – until I’m 100 per cent healthy and I have a meeting with the UFC.”
“I don’t want to jump the gun not knowing what’s on the table, like, what’s gonna happen with Uncle Dana. They’ve taken care of me and whatnot but that’s something that’s huge to me.”
One thing he wants to be settled ahead of his comeback is a new financial agreement with the company.
“That means a lot to me. I’ve got two belts. I know what Daniel makes.”
“I don’t want to get into it because it’s a conversation I’m gonna have to have with my boss and the organization. I’m a legend man, and I’ve got to start hitting those numbers like a legend.”
Henry Cejudo recognizes his two-division reign isn’t permanent. https://t.co/x2Y4PQ2AX3
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Vacating A Belt
Cejudo said he is willing to give up one of his UFC titles while claiming that he would want to stay in the bantamweight class.
“That’s okay. Eventually, I do have to leave a belt. It’s stressful having to hold up two weight divisions.”
“I don’t want that stress on me. So I am gonna have to choose and both weight classes. 135 seems more appetizing to be quite honest with you.”
“There’s just more colour, you don’t have to cut as much weight, but there is a loss on my record against Joe and that stings a little bit.”
Asked why he wants Dominick Cruz as his next opponent, Cejudo said: ” I’ll hurt him and that’s the reason why, at 135, he’s my number one pick.”
“Because I want to hurt him. I think he’s a smart aleck. He’s a smarty pants and I really don’t like that and when you meet Dominick he says a lot about you.”
“Every time he fights somebody he always talks about their character and to me it’s about being an entertainer, selling a fight.”
— Asian Persuasion MMA (@APMMA_net) October 11, 2019
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/ Henry Cejudo)