The Olympic gold medalist is one of multiple fighters who has held two titles simultaneously in the UFC and now Cejudo wants to get paid like a legend should.
“I think I have about a month left,” Cejudo said to ESPN. “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.”
UFC President Dana White did say that Cejudo would defend the flyweight title against Joseph Benavidez next, but the fighter cannot compete until he is fully healed from shoulder surgery.
Cejudo has also come to a big realization recently, which is that there is a day coming when he will have to give up one of the two UFC titles.
“That’s okay,” Cejudo said. “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.”
There is no word yet as to whether or not a time frame has been established for when Cejudo will have to give up a title or if the fighter is free to make the decision in his own time.