Henry Cejudo set to snap retirement, plans USADA testing-pool re-entry this week

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Former undisputed UFC flyweight and bantamweight kingpin, Henry Cejudo is set to re-enter the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) anti-doping testing pool this week according to his manager, Dominance MMA founder, Ali Abdelaziz – ahead of a return to the UFC following a two-year retirement.

Cejudo, an Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling, confirmed his rather surprising retirement from professional mixed martial arts back in April 2020 following the culmination of his co-main event bantamweight title defense against Dominick Cruz. 

In the time since, however, Cejudo, 35, has teased a return to the sport at both the flyweight and bantamweight limit, as well as expressing his interest in fighting at the featherweight limit of 145lbs in a bid to become the first three-weight champion in UFC history in a fight against Alexander Volkanovski.

Per Cejudo’s manager, Abdelaziz, his client is expected to re-enter the USADA testing pool this week, ahead of a projected Octagon return in the future. 

“After two years of retirement, Henry Cejudo will re-enter the USADA drug-testing pool, Monday his manager Ali Abdelaziz told @marc_raimondi,” ESPN MMA tweeted. “Per the UFC’s anti-doping policy, fighters re-entering the pool are typically tested for six months before being eligible to compete.”

Abdelaziz further commented on Cejudo’s potential UFC return during an interview with MMA Fighting, detailing that his client would focus on fighting, while he would deal with the “business side” of the sport, going forward.

“Henry (Cejudo) is one of the greatest fighters ever seen,” Ali Abdelaziz said. “I think the fans and all of us wanna see him come back. He is gonna focus on his fighting stuff, I’m gonna focus on the business side of things.” I believe we will see him (Henry Cejudo) back (by) the end of the summer.” 

Posting on his official Twitter account, Abdelaziz further confirmed that Cejudo would be making a return to active competition.

“The King @HenryCejudo is back,” Ali Abdelaziz tweeted. “Hide your wife and hide your kids, nobody is safe.”

Retiring boasting a 16-2 professional record, Cejudo ended his career in the midst of a six-fight winning run – which included wins over the likes of Sergio Pettis, Demetrious Johnson, T.J. Dillashaw, Marlon Moraes, and the above noted, Cruz. 

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