Henry Cejudo may have a ways to go yet, before he fights for a title, but the highly touted prospect believes he could give not one, but two UFC champs a run for their money.
Cejudo is booked to fight Chris Cariaso at UFC 185 this weekend, which will mark his return to the flyweight division, after his well documented problems making 125 last summer. Cejudo was scheduled to fight Scott Jorgensen at UFC 177, but he encountered medical issues while cutting weight, and had to withdraw.
In December, Cejudo returned to the promotion, and scored an impressive, decision win over bantamweight Dustin Kimura. After his successful, Octagon debut, Cejudo received permission to return to flyweight, and now he’ll take on Cariaso.
Recently the 28 year-old spoke with MMA Junkie.com about Saturday’s fight, and while discussing his future, “The Messenger” offered these interesting comments:
“I think T.J. Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson – I’m a bad matchup for both of them,” Cejudo said. “I’ve got good standup, good wrestling, and they can talk about their super fight, but I would love to fight both of them at either weight class. I’m a competitor. Eventually after 125, I can go up and challenge (at 135).
“I’m a very creative fighter that’s very explosive and can outwrestle you or outbox you or out-kick you. There’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s cracking the whip. Don’t overlook me. There’s a peak alpha in the room and the flyweights know that.”
Now there’s no question that Cejudo looked very, very good in his UFC debut, but it will be interesting to see how he does against a seasoned vet like Cariaso.
The latter is coming off a second round, submissions loss to Johnson in September, which snapped his three fight winning streak.
UFC 185 will be hosted by the American Airlines Center and will feature lightweight champ Anthony Pettis taking on Rafael dos Anjos in the headliner.