Henry Cejudo meets with UFC officials, targets Aljamain Sterling in Octagon return

Henry Cejudo
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Former two-weight UFC champion, Henry Cejudo is expected to make a return to the USADA testing pool sometime this year ahead of a projected Octagon return, and was recently pictured with UFC brass as he targets bantamweight champion, Aljamain Sterling.

Earlier this month, Los Angeles-born wrestling ace, Cejudo was slated to return to the USADA anti-doping testing pool by his manager, Ali Abdelaziz ahead of a projected return to the UFC for the first time since May 2020. 

However, at the time of publication, the former undisputed flyweight and bantamweight champion has yet to officially received testing from the anti-doping agency since 2020, with no tests conducted this year so far, nor last year. Cejudo was tested twice on file in 2020.

Most recently competing at the bantamweight limit in May 2020, Cejudo co-headlined UFC 249 against former two-time division kingpin, Dominick Cruz, stopping the veteran Californian with a second round knockout to successfully defend his championship.


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Immediately post-fight, Cejudo announced he would retiring from professional mixed martial arts with immediate effect, relinquishing both his undisputed bantamweight and flyweight championships soon thereafter.

Expected to make an Octagon return this year, Cejudo’s manager, Abdelaziz shared a picture of his client alongside UFC matchmaker, Sean Shelby, and UFC Chief Business Officer, Hunter Campbell – with the caption, “I don’t have to say much, but this is GOAT talk @HenryCejudo @seanshelby. All @ufc bantamweight division in big trouble the double champ is here.”

Replying to Abdelaziz’s tweet, Cejudo claimed that he was in fact, returning to the Octagon – and pointed his sights in the vicinity of the above mentioned Uniondale native, bantamweight best, Sterling.

“I’m coming back for these tomato cans and I’m going to right the wrong!” Henry Cejudo tweeted. “Aljolame (Aljamain Sterling) you the number one contender b*tch @funkmasterMMA @danawhite.”

Cejudo, who has donned himself as “Triple C” given his Olympic gold medal success, was then the target of Sterling, who told him to keep him informed if he was actually serious about making a sport return.

“If he (Henry Cejudo) wants to lose one of those C’s, I’ll gladly demote him,” Aljamain Sterling tweeted. “Let me know when you’re serious, champ (winking face emoji).” 

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