UFC Double Champ Henry Cejudo Eyes Featherweight Belt In Possible Title Fight With Frankie Edgar

UFC Double Champ Henry Cejudo Eyes Featherweight Belt In Possible Title Fight With Frankie Edgar

UFC Double Champ Henry Cejudo Eyes Featherweight Belt In Possible Title Fight With Frankie Edgar

If Frankie Edgar defeats Max Holloway in their featherweight title match at UFC 240 next month, current flyweight and bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo would want the chance to fight for a third belt.

After becoming the UFC's fourth champ-champ this past weekend, Henry Cejudo has its sights set on possibly winning a third belt. The current flyweight and now bantamweight champion — and self-proclaimed new face of the UFC — is entertaining the idea of moving up a weight class to fight for the 145-pound featherweight title. But he would only do that if Frankie Edgar wins his fight against Max Holloway at UFC 240 on July 27, 2019.

“The fight I would really want, and this has everything to do with competition; if Frankie Edgar wins this fight against Max Holloway that’s the fight I am interested in,” Cejudo said on The Ariel Helwani MMA Show. With Frankie Edgar being one of the shorter fighters in the division, Cejudo belives he matches up well with him and doesn't think he'd be at a size disadvantage.

“We had talked about it before, captain Eric mentioned it. I like his stature, I think the height seems very well, he is a wrestler. I think if he wins the fight against Max Holloway, then me and him can throw down,” he added. 

For Cejudo, it's no personal animosity towards Edgar. It's quite the opposite actually; it's respect.

“It’s nothing against Frankie, I just want to compete against the best," Cejudo continued. "I know he took offense when I called him out with Marlon Moraes, I know he didn’t believe in me...but why not? Why can’t I win another belt. They have been telling me I can’t. They told me I was going to get knocked out by Marlon, they told me I’d get stopped by Demetrious Johnson, T.J. Dillashaw.”

If Edgar wins and he becomes the featherweigth champion, it would give Cejudo a chance to win a third title. He'd become the first UFC fighter to hold three belts at once, solidifying himself among the best in the sport.

“The sky is the limit, I want to challenge my mind, body and soul. If he wins this fight and he wants to do it, let’s make it happen,” he concluded.

While winning a third belt would be great for his legacy, Cejudo has also made it very clear that he's seeking to get paid. Cejudo's brash talk may not be popular among fans of the sport, but you can bet they'll tune in to see him fight for a third belt.

The question now is if the UFC is willing to hold up the other two divisions while Cejudo seeks a third belt. Such a fight would undoubtedly be great for ratings, but would hinder the competitive nature of the sport.
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