“Triple” credits Alexander Volkanovski for the inspiration to return to the octagon.
Henry Cejudo (16-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) plants to re-enter himself into the United States Anti-Doping Agency drug-testing pool on Monday, a sign that he plans on coming out of retirement, his manager Ali Abdelaziz told ESPN.
The first sign that Cejudo was considering coming out of retirement came following UFC 273 on Saturday night, when he tweeted, “I’m getting back in the pool!!”
“Henry will focus on his fight and training,” Abdelaziz told ESPN. “He never stopped training. I truly believe Henry can come back to win the (bantamweight) title and go up to (featherweight) and win that. He will be the only fighter in UFC history to win three world titles.”
It appears that Cejudo has his eyes set on the featherweight division. After Alexander Volkanovski defeated Chan Sung on Saturday to retain his featherweight title, he sent a clear message to fellow competitors in his post-fight interview.
“Everyone in my division, I’ve been saying it for a while now, get your sh-t together,” Volkanovski said. “Earn that N. 1 spot, and you get it. If not, you’re going to f-cking miss out. It’s that simple.”
Cejudo saw Volkanovski’s post-fight comments and took to Twitter to address them.
“You’ve inspired me to come back. When it comes to wrestling…you couldn’t pin a tweet. I would take you down and choke you out quicker than a McGregor relapse. Sign the contract.”
The two-time world title fighter will be subjected to six months of drug testing before being able to fight.
Could Volkanovski be his first match? Time will tell.
This story first published at SI.com/MMA.