Henry Cejudo retired when he was on top of the world and despite ruling over both the Flyweight and Bantamweight divisions in the UFC, it seems as though a fight with former UFC Featherweight World Champion Max Holloway is the only one that might tempt him to return. To this day, Cejudo remains the only concurrent two-weight division champion to call it a day while he still held both belts, something only Amanda Nunes still has the chance to do. As a result of his impressive displays in the two divisions he fought in, there’s long been talk of him moving up again to challenge for a third title, something no fighter has ever done before.
Henry Cejudo revealed just how much the potential for a match with Max Holloway interests him in a recent interview with ESPN:
“I have never called out Max Holloway. Even when he had the belt, I have never called him out. I feel like in the future, I would love to fight him. People would not believe me that I could beat him. He’s so damn tall and what he’s been able to do. I love that challenge, I love the fact people don’t think I could beat him. He’s taller than me and has inflicted more damage on different people, but I feel like I’m too smart and too skilled.”
He also weighed in on how he sees the Featherweight title picture unfolding in the coming months, and why he would rather challenge Holloway as opposed to the reigning Featherweight World Champion Alexander Volkanovski:
“Max and [featherweight contender Zabit Magomedsharipov] need to fight, and the winner of that will face Alexander Volkanovski for the title, and I think somebody like Max Holloway would say, ‘I want to hurt this kid [Cejudo].’ Whereas Alexander Volkanovski is more like, ‘Oh, is that twerp still talking?’ Max Holloway would want it, and I like that about him. And I would like to be the underdog.”
He did briefly discuss a return to one of the two divisions he once ruled over as UFC Flyweight and Bantamweight World Champion, but it seems as though there’s nothing realistic that excites him there anymore:
“If there was anything at 135 to get my attention, it would be to fight Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan at the same time. Change them out each round.”