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Henry Cejudo claims he will be a tougher fight for Alexander Volkanovski than Islam Makhachev


There is no justification, in Henry Cejudo’s opinion, for people to doubt his prospects of defeating Alexander Volkanovski. In comparison to Islam Makhachev, the current lightweight champion, “Triple C” recently asserted that he would present a more difficult opponent for “The Great.”

Last Saturday at UFC 284, Volkanovski’s attempt to unify two divisions against Makhachev failed. But unlike any previous opponent, the 34-year-old Australian gave the 31-year-old Dagestani a unique challenge, and he also kept the top spot in the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings.

Despite Volkanovski’s outstanding performance, Henry Cejudo is undeterred and intends to fight “The Great” in the octagon in the near future. By defeating Volkanovski at featherweight, the former bantamweight and flyweight champion recently declared his intention to become a three-division champion.

‘Triple C’ recently explained in a video posted to his YouTube channel why he thinks he would be a more difficult foe for the Australian:

“So many people are now dismissing me?

… What’s this? Islam isn’t an Olympic gold medalist. What’s this? I have no striking against Islam. What’s this? He is not quicker than I am. What’s this? He is larger than I am, but I’m a less attractive target.”

Following his 2020 retirement bid, Henry Cejudo is anticipated to return to the UFC octagon this year. Although there has been no official announcement, “Triple C” has been mentioned in relation to a battle with bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling.

Henry Cejudo and Demetrius Johnson discuss Islam Makhachev’s title reign

Henry Cejudo recently commented on Islam Makhachev’s accomplishment in the championship, saying that circumstances other than his fighting ability contributed to his receiving a “fast pass” to the title battle.
At UFC 284, the reigning lightweight champion triumphed in his maiden title defence against featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. The Australian, who Makhachev also failed to knock off the top spot in the pound-for-pound rankings, however, dragged him into deep water.

Henry Cejudo recently discussed the Dagestani grappling master’s title run in a video he posted to his YouTube channel:

“Neither Makhachev nor… To fight for the title, it seems as though they gave the guy a speed pass. I agree, for Islam. Then, all of a sudden, he went from being No. 2 to [No. 1] in terms of weight. This guy has never gone through five rounds, so it makes no sense.”
Johnson chimed in to support Cejudo’s assertion:

“You’re kind of right, though, because he never fought Beneil, Charles, or the division’s leadership. That is what we say because it makes sense.”

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