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Henry Cejudo contemplates MMA union in support of Nick Diaz, willing to pass on UFC title shot

Now that's taking a stance.

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Top flyweight contender Henry Cejudo is likely just one win away from earning his first-ever UFC title shot. All he has to do is get through Jussier Formiga at UFC Fight Night 78 on Nov. 21, 2015 in Monterrey, Mexico.

Should "The Messenger" get the job done -- which will be easier said than done -- he'll gladly accept a title fight against 125-pound kingpin Demetrious Johnson.

So long as it isn't in Las Vegas, Nevada.

That's because Cejudo has gone on record to say he will no longer fight in "The Silver State" following the unprecedented five-year suspension handed to Nick Diaz by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) during his recent hearing for a failed drug test.

And if sticking to his guns means giving his UFC title shot to someone else, then so be it. Because as Henry explained to The MMA Hour, it's about doing what's right.

"It's doing what's right. I think a lot of us tend to just think about ourselves. But when I saw the Nick Diaz case and saw the penalty he got, I thought how some of the prior fighters can get away with murder. To me, I was like 'something needs to be done.' I think the Nevada State Athletic Commission needs to be processed in some way. I think they need to look into them thoroughly and check them out. Like I said before, Nick Diaz was targeted and that's not right. I'm an Olympic champion and I've trained all across the world, I've been to so many countries and never have I been tested three times in the span of a day."

He continues:

"And I'm not here to start a rally because I know we have a big UFC event that is coming up in December with Urijah Faber and Conor McGregor headlining, a lot of these great athletes, Weidman. I definitely do not want to sidetrack that event. I'm just here to take a stance for my personal view. And I just can't do it, even if it means leaving the belt on the line and allowing somebody else to fight whoever has the belt at that time. I am willing to do that because I am willing to show the type of person with the type of character that I am and the fact that I am very touched with by what happened to Nick Diaz. I think if I take a stand, it's going to show something. And again, I'm not here to have a domino effect and have every other fighter do it. But, if it is heartfelt, then I beg you guys to do it because this is something that is unjust and fighters need to have each other's back. Maybe it's time for a union."


Furthermore, Cejudo wants to talk to UFC President Dana White about his stance in hopes of allowing the head honcho to get a better understanding of where he's coming from.

And while White has often proclaimed that he would never interfere with the NSAC's decisions, I'm sure he can easily stage a potential title fight between Johnson and Cejudo in another state.

Or country.

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