Eric Albarracin is Cejudo’s coach and he claims the champion wants a rematch with Joseph Benavidez.
“I don’t like just winning a vacant title,” he said to MMA Junkie Radio. “To tell you the truth, I’d like to serve up some sweet revenge to Joe Benavidez. That was Henry’s last loss, so there’s a rivalry there.”
Cejudo and Benavidez met for the first time at the UFC Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale, with Benavidez scoring a split decision win on that night. That loss was also the final one suffered by Cejudo at this point in his professional MMA career.
Albarracin also wants to see the two fighters settle the score, as there was a lot of hatred between them during the reality show.
“Those guys really were enemies on that show, and we ended up losing a very, very close decision. I would love to get that back, and this time, we won’t leave it to the judges,” says Albarracin.
The flyweight champion was initially hoping for a rematch against Dillashaw, but those plans have been put off after the adverse findings in Dillashaw’s drug test.