Ali Abdelaziz ‘100%’ thinks Henry Cejudo will return to UFC in 2022


Dominance MMA leader and prominent director of mixed martial arts Ali Abdelaziz has said he believes wholeheartedly that his client, former undisputed two-weight bantamweight and fly champion Henry Cejudo, will retire from the sport. next year in an octagonal return.

Cejudo, a former undisputed bantamweight and flyweight gold holder, and Olympic gold medalist – surprisingly enough, interrupted his professional career in mixed martial arts in May of last year following his victory in headlining the title defense against Dominick Cruz at UFC 249.

However, although he hasn’t competed in active competition since hanging up his gloves over a year ago, Cejudo has been continually linked with a return from the Octagon – including against the former best flyweight Deiveson Figueiredo, bantamweight champions Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan – as well as featherweight pivot Alexander Volkanovski – in a bid to become the first threeweight champion in UFC history.

Despite this constant speculation linking him to the return to promotion – that Cejudo is feeding off to boot, a comeback has yet to hit the cards. However, according to the former manager of former Los Angeles-born champion Abdelaziz, he believes “100%”That Cejudo is returning to retirement next year.

Ali Abdelaziz kicks off fight between Henry Cejudo and featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski

Yes,Abdelaziz responded when asked by MMA Fighting if he thought Henry Cejudo would return next year. “100 percent I do. I think he (Henry Cejudo) does.

If he loses, he (Henry Cejudo) can drop to 135 (lbs),», Declared Abdelaziz. “He’s not coming for a fight. He’s coming in for a legacy fight to get three belts but at the end of the day too there’s a lot of fights at 135 and 145 too, that’s no problem. He’s a competitor. As long as he breathes, this guy will be a champion.

An immediate featherweight title fight for Cejudo on his return is sure to upset the applecart, however, Abdelaziz has speculated that the former champion, No.1 contender Max Holloway, as well as Giga Chikadze – might simply fight. Cejudo or the current champion, Volkanovski in the future, regardless of his client’s potential return.

Of course Max [Holloway] deserved [the title shot], also but I think the timing will be good because Henry can fight in February and Max can fight the winner,», Declared Abdelaziz. “But it’s also a huge gap in the division. You have Alexander (Volkanovski), you have Max and it’s a huge gap and you have someone like Giga (Chikadze), who has a seven-game winning streak. Giga has a fight (against Calvin Kattar). I think it’s a great time for Herny to come and see what he can do in the division. If he wins he can fight Max and after that he can fight Giga. In fact, it’s a very good fight. It’s a very big fight.

Henry did a great job staying relevant in the sport,», Declared Abdelaziz. “He hasn’t fought for a long time. I’m very sure Dana (White) will go for if everyone is serious and everyone will honor what we can do. It’s a very intriguing fight and I respect the champion a lot, especially after the last fight (against Brian Ortega). How not to respect this guy? But stylistically, it’s a great match. I like to favor Henry for this fight but it won’t be an easy fight. It can be a reality if everyone hangs up and says, “Let’s do it.”


Comments are closed.