Henry Cejudo has cemented his mixed martial arts (MMA) legacy after winning titles in both the UFC’s flyweight and bantamweight division, but “Triple C” isn’t stopping there. The outspoken champion is now on the hunt for the featherweight crown.
As a result, current UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski now finds himself in an ongoing feud with the “King of Cringe.” That’s because Cejudo went out of his way to call out “The Great” earlier this year, stating that he’d like to become “Quadruple C.” Volkanovski, being the confident fighter he is, hasn’t taken a step back from the limelight and seems more than willing to engage with Cejudo (both in the cage and on social media).
Volkanovski recently took a shot at Cejudo’s choice of opponent for his first bantamweight title defense, calling it “embarrassing” to dodge top contenders in favor of veterans like Jose Aldo and Dominick Cruz, who will fight for the title next month. Some may agree as other bantamweight contenders like Cory Sandhagen and Aljamain Sterling patiently await their own title shot opportunity.
As you may have guessed, it didn’t take Cejudo long to respond to Volkanovski’s comments.
“What’s going to be more embarrassing is when you lose to a flyweight you overgrown midget! This ain’t Hugby!” wrote Cejudo via Twitter.
Despite the fact that Cejudo used to compete at flyweight the bantamweight king is big enough to challenge the likes of Volkanovski. It’s rare that a fighter is able to compete in three different weight classes, but Volkanovski’s size at 145 pounds would allow Cejudo to at least test the waters. It may be a different story if Cejudo was matched up against larger featherweight foe like Max Holloway, Yair Rodriguez, or even Zabit Magomedsharipov.
That said, Volkanovski’s size clearly is not detriment to his abilities inside of the cage. The 31-year-old former rugby player has dominated the competition since his UFC inception back in 2016. Volkanovski has managed to win all eight of his Octagon appearances while recently knocking off Holloway at UFC 245 to claim the undisputed 145-pound crown, proving that his high motor, volume striking, and sheer power are strong enough to defeat the biggest and best at the featherweight level.
Cejudo obviously possesses similar skills with a world-class wrestling background, strong base, quick hands, and a relentless offensive presence, but “Triple C” would have his work cut out for him in a potential clash with Volkanovski. After all, Cejudo would be fighting an uphill battle as no fighter has ever claimed UFC titles in three different weight classes.