Henry Cejudo can ‘absolutely’ become the UFC’s first triple-weight champion, says Demetrious Johnson
Henry Cejudo could ‘definitely’ become UFC’s first three-time weight champion, but must overcome ‘identical version of himself’ in Alexander Volkanovski, warns MMA legend Demetrious Johnson
- Henry Cejudo retired after winning both Flyweight and Bantamweight
- He wants to become the first three-time weight champion in UFC history
- After returning to USADA testing, he wants a shot at Alexander Volkanovski
- UFC great Demetrious Johnson believes Cejudo can break new ground
Henry Cejudo’s dream of becoming the UFC’s first triple weight champion could “definitely” come true, according to Demetrious Johnson.
Cejudo has retired after winning the Flyweight and Bantamweight titles and is now looking to work for a featherweight shot.
Volkanovski, who will face Max Holloway for the third time on Saturday night at UFC 276, is the reigning champion and Johnson thinks there is a possibility that CCC could shock the world.
Henry Cejudo is back in the USADA test pool with big ambitions to make history
He told MMA fighting“He’s intelligent, he’s an athlete – I mean, he’s done something I haven’t done.
“You know, he won the Flyweight and Bantamweight World Championships and he defended the Flyweight and Bantamweight titles, right?
‘Typical guys when they do, Conor [McGregor] did it, but he never defended any of those belts.
‘He won it then’ [won] one after, and then he got lost, right? That’s one thing I think Henry Cejudo has that people should show respect for the man. I respect him.’
Demetrious Johnson (left), won one and lost one to Cejudo in the UFC
Alexander Volkanovski currently reigns supreme as the featherweight king
While Johnson believes it is highly likely that Cejudo can dethrone Aljamain Sterling at bantamweight, he accepts that Volkanovski would pose a bigger challenge.
The ONE Championship star, who made a name for himself as a dominant flyweight champion in the UFC, thinks Cejudo would effectively fight himself if he challenged the Australian.
He continued: ‘I think’ [fighting for the featherweight title] will be harder to do because Volkanovski, I think, is the bigger man, and Volkanovski has been more active.
“And I think the weight difference will be there for Volkanovski, right? Do I think Henry Cejudo has the talent, skills and mindset to beat Volkanovski?
“Absolutely, it’s a fight, but Volkanovski has been active, he’s fought against murderers. He fought Max Holloway twice.”
Cejudo (left) called it a day after beating Dominic Cruz (right), but is hungry for a legacy fight
“And Volkanovski is very good at sticking to the game plan and executing the game plan, right?” said Johnson.
“That’s one of the things I’ve noticed about him. When he fought Chad Mendes, and in the past against the boys, you saw the guts, you saw the tough, you saw the rugby, you saw the athlete come in.
“But now when you see him fight, when he fought Max Holloway both times and when he fought Brian Ortega and when he just fought ‘Korean zombie’, you saw an athlete also become a martial artist and also stick to performing of a perfect game plan.
“So I think that’s the most important thing Henry Cejudo will have to fight for. He will, in my opinion, bring an almost identical version of him to battle.”