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Dana White Claims Henry Cejudo Cannot Fight For UFC Title In Return: ‘It’s Not How It Works’

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Ross Markey

UFC president, Dana White has claimed that former two-weight champion, Henry Cejudo would not be able to secure an immediate title shot upon his return from retirement, following a recent offer from the Los Angles native to fight featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski.

Cejudo, a former undisputed bantamweight and flyweight champion, announced his immediate retirement from professional mixed martial arts following UFC 249 back in May 2020 following a second round knockout win over Dominick Cruz, and has yet to return to the sport since.

However, in his time away from the Octagon, the Olympic gold medalist has entertained potential returns against former flyweight champion, Deiveson Figueiredo, as well as bantamweight champion, Aljamain Sterling. And most notably, has campaigned for the opportunity to become the first three-weight champion in company history against featherweight king, Alexander Volkanovski.

Most recently as last week, Cejudo had offered his services on short notice to the promotion to replace Max Holloway in a targeted UFC 272 title bout with Volkanovski, however, the pairing failed to materialise.

As a result, the promotion landed on a reworked title fight between Volkanovski, and the #4 ranked, Chan Sung Jung – which is slated to headline UFC 273 on April 9.

Commenting on the promotion decision to pit Jung against Volkanovski on short notice, UFC leader, White, insisted that Cejudo could not just jump the cue and fight for a title in his return from retirement.

“I can tell you this: The ‘Korean Zombie’ (Chan Sung Jung) has been here fighting,” Dana White told BT Sport. “This guy’s (Henry Cejudo) retired. He’s been off for how many years now, and he wants to come in and fight Alexander Volkanovski? You’ve got guys like the Zombie, Josh Emmett, Giga (Chikadze), who’s fighting this weekend. You’ve got these guys that are in here doing it three times a year and working their way up. For (Henry) Cejudo to retire and then just think he should be able to come in and jump into any weight division and take on the champion, it’s not how it works.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)

Cejudo’s attempts to secure a title shot in his return to the sport share a similar parallel with fellow former duel-weight champion, Georges St-Pierre – who snapped a four-year retirement back in November 2017 to move to the middleweight limit and secure an immediate title shot against Michael Bisping, all whilst viable contenders such as Robert Whittaker, Yoel Romero, and Gegard Mousasi remained sidelined.


Published by
Ross Markey

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