Henry Cejudo has no problem being the cringe king, but during today’s (Thurs., June 6, 2019) UFC 238 media day in Chicago, Ill., “The Messenger” may have outdone himself in that department.
Indeed, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight champion of the world came out in full royal regalia which included a robe, a crown, his Olympic gold medal, his UFC title, a hat with a wand to boot.
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He then proceeded to stage an impromptu magic show, which Marlon Moraes — who goes by the nickname of “Magic” — couldn’t help but to giggle at. Speaking to MMA Junkie, Cejudo says there was a meaning behind his madness.
“I don’t believe in magic,” Cejudo said. “I believe tricks are for kids. I pulled out Mickey Mouse, which is Demetrious,” Cejudo explained, referencing his upset win over former longtime 125-pound king, Demetrious Johnson. And after knocking out former Bantamweight king T.J. Dillashaw, he had to include him in his props, as well.
“I pulled out the snake, which is T.J. And then I pulled out the rabbit, which was Marlon Moraes, and then I kicked it. That’s my magic trick,” he said. “I don’t believe in magic. It’s all a bunch of illusions. Show me Saturday night.”
Cejudo will look to become the promotion’s next champ-champ if he can win the vacant 135-pound strap; a title Moraes has had his eye since making his Octagon debut a couple of years ago.
While Henry’s trash talk and antics are all cringe, his fighting is anything but, as the Olympic champion has proven he is without a doubt one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the game today.
If he can take out Marlon and win his second title in as many divisions, it will be very hard to not shoot him up to No. 1, as his body of work in MMA will speak volumes, and his overall resume in combat sports will be hard to match.
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