Henry Cejudo Says He'd Unretire to Fight UFC Champion Alexander Volkanovski

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, FL - MAY 09: Henry Cejudo (L) of the United States talks with TV personality Joe Rogan (R) after defeating Dominick Cruz (not pictured) of the United States in the bantamweight title fight against  during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 9, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
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If Henry Cejudo ever unretires and returns to the UFC, he will do so with the intention of securing a third title.

And the man he has in his crosshairs is featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.

"I've done everything in MMA. I'm satisfied with my career," he told TMZ Sports. "There would only be one fight that would really bring me back, that would really wake me up in the morning ... it would be Alexander Volkanovski."

Cejudo added that he wants a third title "to be different...to go into the history books as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time."

Cejudo, 33, retired after defeating Dominick Cruz by second-round TKO at UFC 249 in May, defending his bantamweight title. He was also the flyweight champion, earning that belt by beating Demetrious Johnson in Aug. 2018 and defending it against T.J. Dillashaw in Jan. 2019.

He won the bantamweight title by defeating Marlon Moraes in June 2019. He has since vacated both belts. For his career, he is 16-2. 

A matchup against Volkanovski would be no walk in the park. The 31-year-old Russian fighter is 21-1 in his professional career, hasn't lost since 2013, is a perfect 8-0 in the UFC and has defeated Chad Mendes, Jose Aldo and Max Holloway in his last three fights, the final one earning him the featherweight belt.  

Volkanovski may have his sights set on a different recently-retired fighter, however: Conor McGregor. He told Harry Thomson of 7News.com that he wanted the chance to prove he was the greatest featherweight ever, not McGregor:

"Who wouldn't take that fight? You would be an absolute fool not to take that fight with McGregor. His name is always going to be mentioned in the featherweight rankings and GOAT talks. For me, it's more than just a money fight. It's more about taking that win away from his name being in the greatest featherweight of all time talk, that would mean a lot to me."

Volkanovski even said he would move to lightweight if it meant getting a chance to tangle with McGregor. That would require McGregor to unretire, of course. If he doesn't, it sounds as though Cejudo will be waiting in the wings.