Henry Cejudo is apparently eyeing up his return to professional combat sports competition and wants to become the first ever UFC triple champion by taking on Alexander Volkanovski for the Featherweight world championship. Cejudo did what few fighters ever manage to do back in 2020 when he retired at the very top of the game after having won and defended both the Flyweight and Bantamweight world titles at the same time. He’s spoken about the potential of claiming a third title before, but he’s never actually stated that he wants Dana White to make the fight up until now.
It would certainly be a historic moment before a winner is even declared as no other person has ever challenged for a title in three different weight-classes, let alone win it. At 5’6, Volkanovski wouldn’t have a significant height advantage over Cejudo, but has a 7 inch reach advantage and would almost certainly come in as the heavier man in the cage. It would be a huge challenge for the Olympic world champion but he’s not one to shy away from difficulty and it would absolutely be worth owning his own page in the UFC history books. Henry Cejudo confirmed his intention to take the featherweight title from Alexander Volkanovski in a recent interview with MMAMania:
“He’s proven that he can keep winning and somebody needs to stop him in his tracks, I think it should be an American. If Dana White is that patriotic and loves America, then why doesn’t he serve me up Alexander ‘The Average’? I beat him, I take the crown of best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and the crown of the best fighter in history. I just double dip, I triple dip in everything and I become the first fighter to win three belts. It’s a no-brainer. Just show me the money.”
“What needs to move forward is to book a legacy fight with Alexander ‘The Overgrown Midget’ Volkanovski. I want that. I want to make history. I can become the first triple champ in UFC history. I can do it. I can stop him and I would love to do it in Australia. How about that? In front of 60,000 people.”