Reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight champion, Henry Cejudo, is getting a little too big for his britches, which is a considerable feat when you consider he’s just 5’4” and weighs in at 125 pounds.
Nevertheless, “The Messenger” insists he will dethrone light heavyweight deity, Jon Jones, on the promotion’s pound-for-pound list (see it here). As of this writing, the Olympian stands at No. 4 behind Khabib Nurmagomedov, Jones, and Daniel Cormier.
“I’ve been called some nasty things in my life and I’m sick of it,” Cejudo said (transcribed by BJPenn.com). I’ve been called a gold digger, I’ve been called a son of a gold, I’ve been called an Olympic champion, UFC champion, Hall of Famer, author, dreamcatcher, dream snatcher, G.O.A.T. killer, the king of cringe, greatest combat athlete of all-time. But, never have I been called the ‘P’ word and I’m sick of it.”
He also appears to be sick of his nickname, which is why Cejudo will be transitioning from “The Messenger” to “Triple C” this Sunday morning, so that combat sports fans will recognize him as the “champ champ champ.”
“On June 8 that’s all going to change. I will be the next pound-for-pound king. You can tell Daniel Cormier, you can tell Jon Jones, you can tell Khabib Nurmagomedov there is a new sheriff in town. His name is Henry Cejudo and guess what Dana White if you are watching, he happens to be a flyweight.”
The means to that end is a main event victory over Marlon Moraes in the UFC 238 pay-per-view (PPV) headliner this weekend (Sat., June 8, 2019) inside United Center in Chicago, Ill., a championship contest for TJ Dillashaw’s vacated strap.
Jones, I’m sure, is already looking over his shoulder.