The King of Cringe returns to the UFC. Former two-division world champion and Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo (16-2) returns to the USADA drug testing pool today with plans to return to the octagon.
Cejudo manager Ali Abdelaziz broke the news to ESPN last night. Triple C will enter the drug testing pool today. The former champion will have to be tested for the mandatory six-month period before returning to the octagon. With the required timeout, Cejudo should be seen in the UFC again later this year.
The last time Cejudo was in the octagon was in 2020. Cejudo defended his bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz at UFC 249. Triple C scored a second-round TKO in his first defense of his bantamweight title.
After the fight was over, Cejudo announced that he was retiring. This took everyone by surprise as Cejudo hadn’t hinted at retirement before. However, Cejudo later revealed that he retired because he climbed to the top of the UFC mountain and didn’t feel like he was being paid what he was worth.
UFC weight class decision
Now the question is what weight class Cejudo will be fighting in when he returns to the UFC. The only weight class that we know for sure is not on the table is flyweight. Cejudo will never make that cut again, so he plans to return to bantamweight or featherweight.
Either weight class will likely see him enter an immediate shot for the UFC title. Now I really believe Cejudo could go back and be the bantamweight champion. Considering the styles, I really don’t think Aljamain Sterling can beat Cejudo and we’ve seen Cejudo knock out TJ Dillashaw before.
The real intrigue is whether Cejudo will jump straight into the UFC featherweight division. He has expressed interest in fighting Alexander Volkanovski and Cejudo wants to become the first man to win a UFC title in three different weight classes.
Personally, I think he will come back to the bantamweight division first and fight for the title. If he won this fight, I think Cejudo would like the idea of fighting the featherweight champion early next year in a champion vs. champion matchup.