UFC president, Dana White has claimed “talking sh*t” across social media will not land former duel-weight champion, Henry Cejudo a return to the Octagon – amid plans for the Los Angeles native to snap a two-year retirement and return to the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) testing pool.
Henry Cejudo, a former undisputed bantamweight and flyweight champion under the UFC’s banner, most recently featured in the co-main event of UFC 249 in April 2020, successfully defending his bantamweight crown with a second round knockout win over former two-time titleholder, Dominick Cruz.
Immediately following the bout, however, Henry Cejudo – quite surprisingly, confirmed his retirement from professional mixed martial arts with immediate effect, relinquishing both the bantamweight and flyweight titles.
In the time since his retirement, however, the Olympic gold medalist has been flirting with a return to the sport, welcoming pairings against former champion, Petr Yan, undisputed best, Aljamain Sterling – as well as a featherweight title clash with Alexander Volkanovski.
Henry Cejudo was confirmed as returning to the USADA testing pool last week
And last week, Cejudo’s manager, Dominance MMA leader, Ali Abdelaziz confirmed that his client was expected to return to the USADA testing pool that week, ahead of a return to active competition before the close of this year.
Responding to Cejudo’s recent tirade aimed at fellow former two-weight gold holder, Conor McGregor – UFC president, White, insisted that the former was still retired, and his activity across social media would not secure him an Octagon return.
“(Henry) Cejudo’s retired,” Dana White told TMZ. “Cejudo’s retired, you know? Cejudo knows what he needs to do to get back in and get – whatever. I mean, just talking sh*t on Instagram does not get you fights.”
Cejudo has claimed in the last couple of months how whilst he was interested in making an Octagon return – financially, a comeback to the sport would not make sense to him, claiming that White only wants to pay him “peanuts”.
“They (the UFC) don’t want to pay, man,” Henry Cejudo said. “It’s plain and simple. They don’t want to pay. Dana (White) doesn’t want to pay – (if) they pay me, they got to pay the rest. And I’m out here. I’m not here to say to start a (fighters) union. What I’m here to say is like, ‘Hey, man, everybody should be compensated individually.’ The guys are going to sell the fight, the guys that are proven, like me. You know what I’m saying? So that’s plain and simple.”
“Dana would love to see the fight (with Alexander Volkanovski), but he wants to pay me peanuts in comparison to what I really deserve. I respect the man because it’s his business, what he’s able to do to take this company to a two-billion-dollar company to what it’s worth now seven (to) nine billion and I can’t get a raise. That just seems a little off to me, man.”