Henry Cejudo has big goals and after Saturday night’s come-from-behind win over Marlon Moraes to claim the vacant bantamweight belt, the former Olympic gold medalist is eyeing a third title fight, this time at featherweight.
Cejudo joined an elite class of fighters in becoming a simultaneous dual-division champion after stopping Moraes via TKO in the third round in the main event at UFC 238 in Chicago. Despite looking like he had bitten off more than he could chew by agreeing to fight the Brazilian at bantamweight, Cejudo came to life in the second round, taking advantage of his tiring opponent to finish him late in the third.
After the fight, Cejudo labelled himself “the greatest fighter in combat sports” and is now hoping to become the UFC’s first ever triple-division belt holder after eyeing gold in the featherweight division. 145-pound champion Max Holloway defends his belt against Frankie Edgar on July 27, at UFC 240. Cejudo wants a crack at the winner but would prefer to fight Edgar, given his wrestling background.
“The fight I would really want, and this has everything to do with competition; if Frankie Edgar wins this fight against Max Holloway that’s the fight I am interested in,” he said (H/T to MMA Mania). “We had talked about it before, Captain Eric [Albarricin] mentioned it. I like his stature, I think the height seems very well, he is a wrestler. I think if he wins the fight against Max Holloway, then me and him can throw down.
“It’s nothing against Frankie, I just want to compete against the best. I know he took offense when I called him out with Marlon Moraes, I know he didn’t believe in me…but why not? Why can’t I win another belt? They have been telling me I can’t. They told me I was going to get knocked out by Marlon, they told me I’d get stopped by Demetrious Johnson, T.J. Dillashaw.”