Former two-division UFC champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist, Henry Cejudo, called for a future matchup with current UFC featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski.
Cejudo spoke with TMZ Sports and was asked if he had any interest in facing Volkanovski after the Australian champion's latest title defense against Brian Ortega at UFC 266 over the weekend. Cejudo responded with the following callout, saying he believes he'd knock out Volkanovski inside of three rounds.
"Of course man, Alexander 'The Average' man," Cejudo said. "This overgrown midget, he knows. This is the thing, it's not even a challenge against this ugly face. It's really a challenge against Dana White. How are you going to doubt an Olympic champ dude? How are you going to doubt a flyweight champ and a two-division champ in the UFC? It's crazy man. Anyone that would doubt me is freaking crazy man. Not only do I believe that I could beat him, like I know that I could stop him. As much as I saw good things from Volkanovski, there still is a lot of holes. I believe my height will be a problem for him, because he is a couple inches taller than me. My speed, my wrestling, my experience, I've been in there against the best. If he's that good, allow him to shut me up. But I challenge each and every one of you. Dana White, if you're listening, this is a real message. Forget the cringe, forget the persona, this is straight-up me. I am the greatest combat athlete of all time and I promise you, give me that opportunity, I will knock this dude out in less than 3 rounds."
He continued on to discuss how he'd have no real issue moving up to 145-pounds and ultimately just wants to become the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in three different weight classes. Cejudo hasn't competed since May 2020 where he defeated former UFC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz, via a second-round TKO at UFC 249 and retired following the victory.
"I'm a 165-pounds believe it or not," Cejudo said. "145 would fit me perfect. I'm a freaking competitor and I just want a challenge. I want a shot at legacy. I want a shot to be the first UFC triple champ to win three belts on top of my Olympic gold medal. That's it, that's all I want. Alexander 'The Average', he'd be just another opponent that I would strategize and I would stick to the game plan and beat him. I guarantee you man, the UFC gives me a shot, I will beat this man and we can do it in Sydney, Australia."