Retired two-division champion Henry Cejudo will only make a comeback to fight Alexander Volkanovski for the featherweight title, according to his coach, Eric Albarracin.
“There’s really only one fighter that will bring him back and that’s Volkanovski,” Albarracin said on MMAJunkie Radio. “That’s about him doing something that has never ever been done. He’s already done being ‘Triple C’ with the Olympic title and two UFC titles. Nobody is ever going to get that especially the mens, but there are champ-champs – he’s the fourth or fifth champ-champ in the history but there’s never been a triple UFC champ in MMA or Bellator.
“So that’s what intrigues him,” he continued. “Henry is a conqueror. Once he conquers something he’s like a viking. He’s ready to conquer the next, so that’s what intrigues him becoming a legend amongst legends and an uncommon person among uncommon people.”
Cejudo hung up his gloves at the age of 33 earlier this year after successfully defending his bantamweight title with a TKO victory over former divisional kingpin Dominick Cruz.
The former Olympic wrestling gold medalist was on a six-fight winning streak at the time, during which time he’d also lift the flyweight title after defeating long-reigning champ Demetrious Johnson, before defending that belt against TJ Dillashaw by TKO, and then moving up to 135lbs to also TKO Marlon Moraes in a fight for the vacant bantamweight strap.
If Cejudo could also win the featherweight title then that would certainly be an accomplishment unlike any other in the sport’s history, but whether it’s a fight that the UFC will be interested in remains to be seen, and meanwhile Volkanovski is heading into a rematch with Max Holloway at UFC 251 next weekend.