Report – Coach Denies Henry Cejudo Has Re-Entered USADA Testing Pool Amid Links With UFC Return

    ByRoss Markey

    Feb 1, 2022

    Eddie Cha, a coach of former two-weight UFC champion, Henry Cejudo has confirmed that the Los Angeles has not, in fact, re-entered the USADA testing pool ahead of a planned UFC return, despite prior claims this week from former UFC light heavyweight and middleweight title challenger, Chael Sonnen that Cejudo had, in fact, returned to the anti-doping programme.

    Earlier this week, reports emerged following an episode of the aforenoted, Sonnen’s podcast, in which the veteran Oregon native claimed that Cejudo had confirmed to him that he had re-entered the USADA testing pool in order to make a planned UFC return at the featherweight limit in a fight against champion, Alexander Volkanovski.

    However, this Tuesday night, MMA Island reporter, Chris De Santiago has reported that Cejudo’s coach, Cha, at Fight Ready MMA & Fitness in Scottsdale, Arizona confirmed that Cejudo had yet to re-enter the agency’s anti-doping testing pool.

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    “Got confirmation that Henry Cejudo has NOT re-entered the USADA testing pool,” De Santiago tweeted. “Cejudo’s coach, Eddie Cha tells me these reports are false and that Cejudo even laughed about it.”

    Last month, Cejudo flirted with a return to the sport – as he has done since his May 2020 retirement, and campaigned for a short notice featherweight title shot against the aforenoted, Volkanovski, which ultimately failed to come to fruition, with the #4 ranked, Chan Sung Jung now set to challenge for gold at UFC 273 on April 9. 

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    Retiring as a two-weight UFC champion, Cejudo, an Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling, stopped former two-time bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz with a late second round knockout at UFC 249 back in May 2020, before immediately hanging up his gloves following the bout, boasting a 16-2 professional record. 

    However, in the time since, Cejudo has campaigned for a trio of title challenge returns against now-teammate, flyweight champion, Deiveson Figueiredo, bantamweight champions, Aljamain Sterling, and Petr Yan, as well as a 145lb excursion against Volkanovski.

    Cejudo has maintained that he would welcome the opportunity to attempt to make history and become the first three-weight champion in the history of the UFC, as well as claiming that UFC president, Dana White simply did not want to pay him fairly to make a return to the sport

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    White, on the other hand, has claimed that Cejudo, who has been retired for almost two years, could not simply jump the line in a whole new division just to challenge Volkanovski for gold.

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