One of the few UFC double champions appears to be returning to the octagon.
On Monday, Henry Cejudo’s manager Ali Abdelaziz of Dominance MMA told ESPN that Cejudo will re-enter the USADA drug-testing pool. Cejudo, a former Olympic gold medallist in wrestling, is on the verge of coming out of retirement after two years.
According to the UFC’s anti-doping policy, fighters who re-enter the pool are normally subjected to six months of drug testing before being allowed to compete again.
This follows two UFC title fights on Saturday night in classes that Cejudo, the former UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion, is interested in. At UFC 273 in Jacksonville, Florida, Alexander Volkanovski retained his UFC featherweight title against Chan Sung Jung, and Aljamain Sterling defeated Petr Yan to unify the bantamweight title.
“I’m getting back in the pool!!” Cejudo tweeted after the fights on Saturday night. The comeback appears to be underway now.
@alexvolkanovski 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. https://t.co/3gX1oI1bNO
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) April 10, 2022
Henry will concentrate on his fight and preparation, according to Abdelaziz. “He never took a break from training. I feel Henry can win the 135 [bantamweight] championship and then move up to the 145 [featherweight] division and win there.
He will become the first and only fighter in UFC history to win three world championships.” After defeating Dominick Cruz to retain the bantamweight title at UFC 249 on May 9, 2020, Cejudo, 35, unexpectedly announced his retirement in his postfight interview.
Prior to his retiring, the Arizona native was on a six-fight winning streak and was widely regarded as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
On May 24, 2020, Cejudo relinquished his UFC bantamweight title. Cejudo has shifted his concentration away from the ring and onto teaching at Fight Ready in Scottsdale, where he has worked with current and former MMA champions such as Deiveson Figueiredo, Jon Jones, and Cris Cyborg, Zhang Weili, Jiri Prochazka, and others.
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Cejudo was already chastising Volkanovski on social media on Sunday night. Cejudo tweeted, “You’ve inspired me to come back.” “You couldn’t pin a tweet when it came to wrestling. Fill up and sign the contract.”