Henry Cejudo Talks Wanting To Make ‘Numbers Like A Legend’
Henry Cejudo has been milking his “King of Cringe” gimmick, to the point where he is now becoming one of the most entertaining fighters outside the cage. With his social media score now on point, Cejudo is eyeing a return to the Octagon. The two-division champion has a tough decision to make however, as he needs to decide which belt he will defend first.
Henry Cejudo also recently underwent a shoulder surgery, and the “champ-champ” recently talked to ESPN about when he will be returning to training.
“I think I have about a month left”, Cejudo said (transcript via MMA Fighting). “I think I have three to four weeks before I can start training so I imagine around the first week of November that I’ll be 100 percent ready.
“I don’t want to make a decision – it sucks that I say that – until I’m 100 percent healthy and I have a meeting with the UFC. I don’t want to jump the gun not knowing what’s on the table, like, what’s gonna happen with Uncle Dana. They’ve taken care of me and whatnot but that’s something that’s huge to me. That means a lot to me.
“I’ve got two belts. I know what Daniel makes. I don’t want to get into it because it’s a conversation I’m gonna have to have with my boss and the organization. I’m a legend man, and I’ve got to start hitting those numbers like a legend.”
“Triple C” wants UFC to pay him the money he believes he deserves. Being a double champion should come with its perks, and Cejudo says he has multiple options, but he will leave the negotiating to his management team.
“That’s not my job, that’s Ali’s [Abdelaziz, Cejudo’s manager] job”, Cejudo said. “I put my trust in him and I feel like I should have a meeting with Dana White. I feel like this is serious. My legacy is written and it’s still being written. To say, at least, I want a number. I want a number and there’s options in there for me. Take a break from the sport.
“Obviously we’ve got Joe [Benavidez] at 125 pounds and there’s two guys that I would like to fight at 135 pounds”, Cejudo said. “Dominick Cruz and potentially Frankie Edgar. I want another legend.”
Dana White previously said that Henry Cejudo will have to defend his title at flyweight next, and “Triple C” is perfectly fine with that idea.
“That’s okay”, Cejudo said about having to fight at flyweight next. “Eventually I do have to leave a belt. It’s stressful having to hold up two weight divisions. I don’t want that stress on me. So I am gonna have to choose and both weight classes. 135 seems more appetizing to be quite honest with you. There’s just more color, you don’t have to cut as much weight, but there is a loss on my record against Joe and that stings a little bit.”
While Benavidez has earned a title shot, Henry Cejudo has his sights set on former bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz.
“I’ll hurt him and that’s the reason why, at 135, he’s my number one pick”, Cejudo said. “Because I want to hurt him. I think he’s a smart aleck. He’s a smarty pants and I really don’t like that and when you meet Dominick he says a lot about you. Every time he fights somebody he always talks about their character and to me it’s about being an entertainer, selling a fight. But I don’t like him. I don’t like Dominick. I want an easy fight. I want a tuneup fight so Dominick Cruz, if you’re watching, you’re gonna bend the knee to Triple C.”