Following his performance on April 6 at UFC 288, former multiple-division champion Henry Cejudo looks to have reconsidered his decision to retire from the sport of mixed martial arts.’The Messenger’ had initially dropped hints about his impending retirement during his post-fight octagon interview with Joe Rogan. Cejudo, though, has indicated that he would be interested in competing again in the octagon in a post that he made recently on social media.
In a message that was shared on Twitter, the 36-year-old fighter requested that Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, match him up against Merab Dvalishvili during the UFC event that is scheduled to take place in Boston, Massachusetts.
“This thing is not even close to being over! Merab Dvalishvili’s head should be served to me on a platter, Dana White! Henry Cejudo tweeted using the hashtag #ufcboston.Dvalishvili is presently ranked number one in the promotion’s bantamweight rankings. He is a very dangerous competitor who competes in the 135-pound category of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).”The Machine” is currently undefeated in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is on a nine-fight win streak that includes victories over Jose Aldo, Petr Yan, Marlon Moraes, Cody Stamann, John Dodson, and Casey Kenney, among others.
Dvalishvili upset Yan, a former champion, in his most recent match by dominating the grappling exchanges and winning by an overwhelming margin on the scorecards. The contest was won by the 32-year-old participant with scores of 50 to 45 from all three judges.
However, despite having such a successful run, Dvalishvili has decided that he does not wish to fight for the championship at this time because his close buddy and teammate Aljamain Sterling is presently the bantamweight champion.
As a result, it would be a smart move for the UFC to set up a fight between Cejudo and ‘The Machine’ in the upcoming months.
Henry Cejudo came out of his previous retirement at UFC 288
After successfully defending his bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 in May 2020, Henry Cejudo decided to retire from mixed martial arts and complete his career.
Then, after a break of three years, ‘The Messenger’ emerged from retirement to challenge Aljamain Sterling for the bantamweight title at UFC 288. This match took place in Las Vegas. The entire twenty-five minutes of the bout were marked by intense competition that was decided by the slimmest of margins. However, Sterling was successful in getting his hand raised and winning the fight via a split decision. The fight was decided in favour of ‘Funk Master’ with scores of 47-48, 48-47, and 48-47 by the three judges.
It would appear, based on his most recent post, that the 36-year-old fighter will not be returning for a one-off match and has every intention of competing for a greater amount of time.