Henry Cejudo Floats Alexander Volkanovski Superfight; Dana White Not Convinced

Retired two-weight UFC champion Henry Cejudo has suggested that he could be lured back into the Octagon for a superfight against featherweight champion Alexander volkanovski, but Dana White appears to not be convinced it’s the way to go.

There’s signs that Cejudo is serious about returning to the Octagon as he’s recently rejoined USADA’s drug-testing pool, which is mandatory for fighters wanting to compete in the UFC, but even so, White seems sceptical about the match-up.

“Listen, he retired,” White told reporters.  “You’ve been off all this time and you want to come back and fight Volkanovski and jump the line and jump over Max and all these other guys that have been there? It’s a tough conversation.”

Volkanovski also seemed to be less than enthusiastic about the idea, while also suggesting that Cejudo’s constant call-outs while remaining retired has weakened his credibility.

“He’s always chirping,” Volkanovski said recently.  “He’s chirping about everyone. Obviously we’ll see what they do, but my bet on it’s not going to happen. I don’t even think Dana White answers his calls. That’s why he’s going to go and just keep calling people out, but nothing’s ever on paper, because I don’t think they take him serious.

“Of course he doesn’t deserve it. I respect him, and he’s done great things in his divisions, but this is featherweight, a whole different killer fish, especially with him being a flyweight. We’ve got a bunch of killers, and why should he just step in front of them? That wouldn’t be fair.”
Realistically, the main stumbling block here is that, despite his accomplishments in the sport, Cejudo retired relatively quickly after winning his titles and so never became a big draw in the UFC, and as such he doesn’t have the bargaining power of someone like Conor McGregor.

Therefore, it looks like Cejudo might have to prove himself by getting some more wins under his belt before he’d be in a position to try and become the first UFC fighter to win titles in three different weight classes.